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This Day in Georgia History

November 14, 1864

Sherman Prepared for March to the Sea

Gen. William T. Sherman and a portion of his forces arrived back in Atlanta from having pursued Hood’s retreating army. The day was spent in last minute preparations in getting the 62,000-man Army of the Tennessee ready to depart on its March to the Sea. Over one million rations were distributed to the troops, which would last almost three weeks. Additionally, a herd of beef cattle was assembled to accompany the army. But, recognizing these rations would be insufficient for the march, Sherman days before had issued instructions that his army “forage liberally on the country during the march.”

To view images from the March to the Sea, see the Digital Library of Georgia.