General Sherman's March


In the summer of 1864 union maj. general William T. Sherman marched his army behind enemy lines and caused chaos for the South, following Napoleon's maxim of attacking the enemy's inner lines. He marched through Georgia, and captured the two important cities of Atlanta and Savanah. He devestated the South, and was a vital part of the war.

" I would make this war as severe as possible, and show no symptoms of tiring till the South begs for mercy" said sherman.And the the same person that said "war is hell" made it so for the people he came across. On his way he ripped out railroad tracks, telegraph lines, and burned Atlanta. He stopped supplies and reincforcements from getting to the confederates in Virginia, who were defending from Grant's army. Cutting off the comunications did not only affect the military, but in turn also the morale of the Southern civilians, who now could not get any news of what's going on, or stay in contact with other towns. His victories also gave Lincoln public support just in time for the reelection.