Sherman's March to the Sea

1864 military campaign in Georgia during the American Civil War

Sherman's March to the Sea is the name given to the military Savannah Campaign in the American Civil War. This was a march of troops through Georgia that lasted from November 15 to December 21, 1864. It was led by Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman of the Union Army.

Sherman's March to the Sea
Savannah Campaign
Part of the American Civil War

Union soldiers destroying telegraph poles and railroads, and freeing slaves, who are assisting Union soldiers in making their way to safety.
DateNovember 15 – December 21, 1864
Result Union victory
 United States  Confederate States
Commanders and leaders
William T. Sherman

William J. Hardee

Joseph Wheeler
Units involved

Army of the Tennessee[1]

Army of Georgia[1]
Confederate militia
59,545–62,204[2] 12,466[3]
Savannah Campaign (map showing route of Sherman's March to the Sea).

The campaign began with Sherman's troops leaving the captured city of Atlanta, Georgia, on November 15. It ended with the capture of the port of Savannah on December 21. His army burned military targets along with stores, other businesses, and the homes of the people who lived in their path. This ruined the Confederacy's economy and its means of travelling.

Sherman's plan of action of fighting deep inside enemy territory without any extra supplies changed American war strategy.

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