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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

December 05, 1864

Sherman Wrote of Abundant Forage and Rice Fields

Sherman wrote of this day in his memoirs; he also noted the abundance of forage and the beginnings of rice fields.

“[O]n the 5th of December, I reached Ogeechee Church, about fifty miles from Savannah, and found there fresh earthworks, which had been thrown up by McLaw’s division; but he must have seen that both his flanks were being turned and prudently retreated to Savannah without a fight. All the columns then pursued leisurely their march toward Savannah, corn and forage becoming more and more scarce, but rice-fields beginning to occur along the Savannah and Ogeechee Rivers, which provided a good substitute, both as food and forage. The weather was fine, the roads good, and every thing seemed to favor us.” Source: Mills Lane (ed.), Marching Through Georgia: William T. Sherman’s Personal Narrative of His March Through Georgia (New York: Arno Press, 1978), p. 158.