At the conclusion of the “March to the Sea”, Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s armies spent Christmas 1864 in and around Savannah, Georgia. While his men were enjoying a hard earned rest, “Uncle Billy” was busy planning his next maneuver. Exchanging letters with General-in-Chief Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, who was besieging Robert E. Lee outside Richmond and Petersburg, throughout the month of December, Sherman advocated for a march through the Carolinas. As they had done on the march through Georgia, the Federals would be focusing their efforts not on enemy forces, but on the foodstuffs and infrastructure still serving the fledgling Confederacy.
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