Route Through Georgia

General Sherman entered Georgia in May of 1864 and faced considerable but ineffective resistance as he approached Atlanta from the north.  The capture of Atlanta in September was a strategic victory for Sherman due to the city being an important Confederate railroad hub.  Upon leaving Atlanta in November, Sherman split his forces into two columns and both rolled through the heart of Georgia in a southeasterly direction culminating in the capture of Savannah on December 22, 1864.  Sherman did not maintain a supply line after leaving Atlanta and his 62,000 men lived off the land through foraging the countryside and communities they encountered for food and supplies.

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