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Sherman Reviews the March to the Sea for His Troops

8 Jan. 1865.

Sherman reviews the march to the sea for his troops. William T. Headquarters Military Division of the Mississippi. In the field, Savannah, Ga. Jan 8. 1865. Special Field Orders No. 6. 2 pp. Small broadsheet, printed on a half ruled sheet. Savanna: [printed on an Army Field Press] In this extraordinary field printing, issued from an army field press, Gen. William T. Sherman reviews for his troops the events of the March to the Sea and congratulates them on their achievement. Sherman and his army had cut loose from their railroad line of supply at Atlanta in early November and headed east, cutting a swath of destruction across Georgia, and chasing Hardee and the Confederate garrison out of Savannah on Dec. 22, 1864. Here Sherman paused until early February, when his army resumed its relentless march into the Carolinas. Sherman begins this general order by conveying to the troops the “high sense of appreciation” felt by Lincoln and Grant at their recent success. He then reviews the campaign from the previous September, noting the defeat of Hood and then the march to the sea. “We quietly and deliberately destroyed Atlanta and all the railroads which the enemy had used to carry on war against us, occupied his State Capitol and then captured his commercial capital.” He also describes the defeat of Hood by Thomas at Nashville. He says further, “So complete a success in military operations, extending over half a continent is an achievement that entitles it to a place in the military History of the World…Instead of being put on the defensive, we have at all points assumed the bold offensive, and completely thwarted the designs of the enemies of our country.” Of the greatest rarity, issued in an undoubtedly small number from a portable press, a Civil War document of the highest possible interest. Old fold line, else very good.

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Price: $27,000.00
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