"Map Illustrating Genl. Sherman's March through Georgia from Atlanta to Savannah, Novr. & Decr. 1864", Dower, John
Period: 1865 (published)
Publication: Illustrated London News
Color: Hand Color
9.4 x 10.2 inches
23.9 x 25.9 cm
William Tecumseh Sherman was a General in the Union Army during the Civil War, commanding the western theater of the war in 1864. After capturing the city of Atlanta in September, a military success that is credited with turning around Lincoln's reelection chances, General Sherman marched his troops through Georgia to Savannah. This famous "March to the Sea" is depicted on this map, with Sherman's "right wing" advance and Maj. Gen. Henry W. Slocum's "left wing" advance shown with dashed and dotted lines. The "March to the Sea" is well known for its strategy of "total war," in which Sherman's troops were ordered to consume supplies, burn crops, and destroy all civilian infrastructure that crossed their path. In the end the campaign was successful, with Savannah's mayor surrendering to Sherman on December 20, further undermining the Confederacy's ability to continue fighting. The map is on a full sheet (15.7 x 11") of text describing Sherman's march. On verso is a portrait of Sherman along with a short article on the great General. This map was published in the January 21, 1865 issue of the Illustrated London News.
Nicely colored example.