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In Their Own Words

December 01, 1864

March to the Sea Watched in England

The progress of the American Civil War was closely watched in Great Britain. This day’s London Times reported of Sherman’s March to the Sea:

“That it is a most momentous enterprise cannot be denied; but it is exactly one of those enterprises which are judged by the event. It may either make Sherman the most famous general of the North, or it may prove the ruin of his reputation, his army, and even his cause together.”

Source: London Times, Dec. 1, 1864.

This day’s report in the British Army and Navy Gazette seemed openly concerned about Sherman’s march, noting:

“It is clear that, so long as he roams about with his army inside the Confederate States, he is more deadly than twenty Grants, and that he must be destroyed if Richmond or anything is to be saved.”

Source: British Army and Navy Gazette, Dec. 1, 1864.