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In Their Own Words

December 22, 1864

Sherman Entered Savannah

General Sherman had already sent part of his army into Savannah; he followed on this day, as he describes his arrival:

“On the morning of December 22d I followed with my own headquarters and rode down Bull Street to the custom-house, from the roof of which we had an extensive view over the city, the river, and the vast extent of marsh and rice-fields on the South Carolina side. The navy-yard and the wreck of the iron-clad ram Savannah were still smouldering, but all else looked quiet enough. Turning back, we rode to the Pulaski Hotel, which I had known in years long ago and found it kept by a Vermont man with a lame leg, and I inquired about the capacity of his hotel for headquarters. He was very anxious to have us for boarders, but I soon explained to him that we had a full mess equipment along, and that we were not in the habit of paying board… .”

Source: Mills Lane (ed.), Marching Through Georgia: William T. Sherman’s Personal Narrative of His March Through Georgia (New York: Arno Press, 1978), p. 178.