Reception of General Sherman by General Foster on Board the Revenue Cutter Nemaha, in the Ogeechee River, Georgia, December 14, 1864

Object Number: 
14 December 1864
Graphite on beige paper
Overall: 6 1/2 x 10 in. ( 16.5 x 25.4 cm )
Inscribed at upper right vertically in graphite: "Fort McAllistor"; verso inscribed at upper center: "Reception of Genl Sherman by Genl Foster / on board the Revenue Cutter Nemaha / Ogeechee River Ga / Dec 14th"
Civil War Drawings Collection. Engraved for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper in January 1865 with the title "Reception of General Sherman by General Foster on Board the Revenue Cutter Nemaha, in the Ogeechee River, Georgia, December 14, 1864" by our Special Artist, (XIX:484):241 Sherman described this meeting in a letter to General Grant on 16 December 1864. GENERAL: I received, day before yesterday, at the hands of Lieutenant Dunn, your letter of December 3, and last night, at the hands of Colonel Babcock, that of December 6. I had previously made you a hasty scrawl from the tug-boat Dandelion, in Ogeechee River, advising you that the army had reached the sea-coast, destroying all railroads across the State of Georgia and investing closely the city of Savannah, and had made connection with the fleet. Since writing that note I have in person met and conferred with General Foster and Admiral Dahlgren, and made all the arrangements which I deemed essential to reducing the city of Savannah to our possession. But since the receipt of yours of the 6th I have initiated measures looking principally to coming to you with 50,000 or 60,000 infantry, and, incidentally, to take Savannah, if time will allow. At the time we carried Fort McAllister by assault so handsomely, with its 22 guns and entire garrison, I was hardly aware of its importance; but since passing down the river with General Foster and up with Admiral Dahlgren I realize how admirably adapted are Ossabaw Sound and Ogeechee River to supply an army operating against Savannah. Sea-going vessels can easily come to King's Bridge, a point on Ogeechee River, fourteen and a half miles due west of Savannah, from which point we have roads leading to all our camps. The country is low and sandy, and cut up with marshes, which, in wet weather, will be very bad; but we have been so favored with weather that they are all now comparatively good, and heavy details are constantly employed in double corduroying the marshes, so that I have no fears even of bad weather. Fortunately, also, by liberal and judicious foraging, we reached the sea-coast abundantly supplied with forage and provisions, needing nothing on arrival except bread; of this we started from Atlanta provided with from eight to twenty days' supply per corps, and some of the troops only had one days' issue of bread during the trip of thirty days; and yet they did not want, for sweet potatoes were very abundant, as well as corn meal, and our soldiers took to them naturally....
Credit Line: 
James B. Wilbur Fund
John T. Kavanaugh Collection, Rutherford, New Jersey, 1945
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