Sherman's March to the Sea

By: McKenzie Algaier

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The Start - November, 16, 1884:

Start - November 16th 1864:

Union General William T. Sherman led 122,000 soldiers to a 285 mile march from Atlanta to Savannah, GA, so they could frighten people into leaving the 'Confederate Cause'.

'Conferate Cause' :

When General Robert E. Lee surrendered on Sunday 9 April 1865 it appeared to mark the beginning of the end of any chance for the independence of the Confederate States of America, as one by one the other Confederate Armies either surrendered or disbanded

Major Events:

The Fall:

Tuesday, Sep. 2nd 1884 at 12am

Atlanta

Before the march, this critical time in history marked Atlanta's fall. Atlanta was a wealthy state recognized for it's industrialized ways and railroad system. A symbol of confederate hope, the collapse of ATL deprived citizens of their confidence, and grew the Union to be stronger.

March to the Sea ^ :

Confederates, in rage of the loss of Atlanta, began to attack and destroy Union force lines. Sherman began to hear word of the events that were happening and decided to allow Major General George Thomas to take 60,000 men to fight Confederates in Nashville. General Sherman led the other 62,000 soldiers, while “smashing things,” to act upon the other confederates by the sea. Marching on they created total war by bending and tearing railroads, demolishing food and soldier's supplies, and battling confederates along the trail.

Attacking Georgia ^ :

With the Georgian's support and many supplies, it seemed as though the Confederate war effort was impossible to stop, though Sherman had a plan. Major General George and General Will Sherman marched their two groups of 60,000 men, 30 miles apart from each other southward into Savannah. 650 Confederate deaths and wounds, and 62 Yankee casualties marked November 20th as the day where the South would not initiate any more battles.

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