Sherman Documents

General William T. Sherman implemented his bold military strategy to destroy the Confederate infrastructure and the civilian resolve as he blazed through Georgia in 1864.  Georgia forces mounted considerable resistance to Sherman in northern Georgia as he approached the pivotal city of Atlanta. From Atlanta, Sherman set out on his famous March to the Sea which culminated in the capture of Savannah.

The following Sherman Documents include debates with Atlanta city leaders concerning the evacuation of the city, personal correspondences with his wife, and important conversations with President Lincoln regarding soldier furloughs for voting and the ultimate capture of Savannah.

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September 7, 1864

Sherman letter to Confederate General Hood concerning evacuation of Atlanta

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September 9, 1864

General Hood Letter to Sherman protesting evacuation of Atlanta

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September 10, 1864

Sherman to General Hood concerning the prudence of Atlanta’s evacuation

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September 11, 1864

Atlanta Mayor Calhoun and City Councilmen to Gen. Sherman requesting reconsideration of Atlanta’s evacuation

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September 12, 1864

Sherman’s reply to Atlanta’s Mayor and Councilmen concerning the occupation of the city

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September 12, 1864

General Hood letter to General Sherman concerning refusing the evacuation of Atlanta

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September 14, 1864

General Sherman letter to General Hood terminating the discussion of Atlanta’s evacuation

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September 17, 1864

Gen. Sherman to Pres. Lincoln concerning potential meeting with GA Gov. Joseph Brown

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September 17, 1864

Ellen Sherman letter to her husband, Gen. W.T. Sherman concerning home life and the War

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September 19, 1864

Pres. Lincoln letter to Gen. Sherman concerning the furlough of soldiers to vote

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September 22, 1864

Ellen Sherman letter to her husband, W.T. Sherman concerning the capture of Atlanta

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September 28, 1864

Gen. Sherman letter to Pres. Lincoln concerning conflict between GA Gov. Joseph Brown and Confederate President Jefferson Davis

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December 22, 1864

Gen. Sherman letter to Pres. Lincoln presenting Savannah as a Christmas present

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December 26, 1864

Pres. Lincoln letter to Gen. Sherman thanking him for capture of Savannah

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January 6, 1865

Gen. Sherman to Pres. Lincoln concerning the “next objective” after Savannah

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