Today in Military History: Nov. 16, 1864, Sherman’s March to the Sea

General William T. Sherman and his Union Army troops began their March to the Sea, more formerly known as the Savannah Campaign. General Sherman and the troops set off  from the recently defeated Atlanta, Ga. on November 16, 1864 and reached the port of Savannah, Ga. on December 21.

In the course of the march, Sherman cut himself off from supplies, planning for his troops to live off the land. Sherman’s men bulldozed a path 300 miles in length and 60 miles wide as they passed through Georgia, destroying factories, bridges, railroads, and public buildings.

Sherman's March to the Sea, Library of Congress

Sherman's March to the Sea, Library of Congress

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