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This Month in Georgia History

December 10, 2012

Ask almost anyone to give you a fact or “tidbit” about Georgia and the Civil War and a vast majority will mention something about Gen. Sherman’s March to the Sea. Sherman’s march, which is officially known as the Savannah Campaign, began when his troops left Atlanta on November 16, 1864. The march was completed with the capture of Savannah on December 21, 1864.  On December 20, he led his men across the Savannah River on a pontoon bridge hastily constructed of rice flats. The next morning, Savannah Mayor R. D. Arnold rode out to formally surrender, in exchange for General Geary’s promise to protect the city’s citizens and their property. Sherman’s men, led by Geary’s division of the XX Corps, occupied the city the same day.

Many sites in Savannah associated with Sherman’s march and occupation of the city are open to the public and available for tours, including the Green Meldrim House.

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