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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

December 07, 1864

Sherman Expressed Pride in March to the Sea

Henry Hitchcock, military secretary to General Sherman, wrote in his diary of hearing Sherman read a letter to General Ulysses S. Grant, in which he expressed pride in what he was doing in Georgia.

“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.