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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

December 29, 1864

Letter on March to the Sea Effect on Georgia

Henry Hitchcock, military secretary to General William T. Sherman, wrote to his wife about the effect their campaign had on Georgia. He was right about that, but wrong in his prediction of how much longer the war would last.

“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).