Friday Jan 28, 2022

046 - Reaping the Whirlwind: Sherman’s March to the Sea - Part 2


About this episode: 

On Wednesday, November 16, 1864, Major General William Tecumseh Sherman initiated a campaign that, as one military publication would put it, was either “one of the most brilliant or one of the most foolish things ever performed by a military leader.” Only eight days after Abraham Lincoln was re-elected, some 62,000 left behind a smoldering Atlanta and headed east for Savannah. As Sherman put it, “My first object was…to place my army in the very heart of Georgia.” And, indeed, he did just that and more. This is its story. Here, in Part II, this is the story of Sherman’s March to the Sea.


Some Characters Mentioned In This Episode:

Howell Cobb

William J. Hardee

Henry Slocum

Jefferson C. Davis

Gabriel J. Rains

P. G. T. Beauregard


Additional Resources:


Map, Sherman's March to the Sea: November 15th - December 20th, 1864


Get The Guide:

Want to learn more about the Civil War? A great place to start is Fred's guide, The Civil War: A History of the War between the States from Workman Publishing. The guide is in its 9th printing.


Producer: Dan Irving


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