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In Their Own Words

December 07, 1864

Sketches and Letter from March to the Sea

Henry Hitchcock, secretary to Gen. William T. Sherman, wrote in his diary on this day:

“Twenty-second day out, Wednesday December 7, 1864. Camp opposite and two miles west of Station No. 3, Ga Central R.Rd… . Marched about fourteen miles … camp in pine grove on right of road… . T.R. Davis (our own artist on the spot) is finishing his sketches of Madison, Ga., for Harper’s Weekly … we hear the General’s voice in his tent reading to Frank Blair his letter to Grant from Kingston… .” This letter, dated Nov. 2, ended “I am clearly of opinion that the best results will follow my contemplated movement through Georgia.”

Source: M.A. DeWolfe Howe (ed.), Marching with Sherman: Passages from the Letters and Campaign Diaries of Henry Hitchcock, Major and Assistant Adjutant General of Volunteers, November 1864-May 1865 (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1995), pp. 152-153.