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In Their Own Words

December 29, 1864

Civil War Near End

Just three months from Lee’s surrender, Sherman’s secretary - Maj. Henry Hitchcock - wrote his wife from Savannah:

“There is nothing very new to add. Indications daily increase of the tremendous moral effect our campaign has had and will have in Georgia in ‘knocking out the underpinning’ of the C.S.A… . [W]hile I do not think the war likely to end within a year from this as some do, I do think we now see clearly ‘the beginning of the end.’ And our General is the man who under God will bring it.”

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).