Lincoln was worried that Sherman’s march to the sea… had failed. He hadn’t heard from Sherman since his army left Atlanta earlier in November. Sherman’s troops blazed their path across Georgia; foraging, burning, destroying, all the way to the coast. Lincoln’s fears were assuaged when the brief telegram arrived at the War Department:
Uncle Billy’s strategy of total war… was working and this simple gesture symbolizes the trust between general and Commander-in-Chief. Lincoln responded that he had many fears, but his trust in Sherman’s judgement guided him through the darkest hours.