Overall: 6 3/8 x 10 in. ( 16.2 x 25.4 cm )
Inscribed at lower center in graphite: "Shipping Cotton captured by Genl Sherman at Savannah / for NY"
Civil War Drawings Collection. Sherman's March to the Sea, 10 December 1864. Following his successful campaign to capture Atlanta, Sherman plan to execute a 'scorched earth' march to Savannah on the coast was approved by Grant. Sherman moved out with 62,000 men on November 15, 1864.
Advancing against light resistance, his men marched in two main columns and destroyed everything of possible military value in their path. When they reached Savannah on December 10, Sherman encountered 10,000 men defending the city. Breaking into the Confederate defenses three days later, Sherman drove Hardee's command north on December 20. After he took the city, Sherman telegraphed President Abraham Lincoln with the message: "I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the City of Savannah, with one hundred and fifty guns and plenty of ammunition, also about twenty-five thousand bales of cotton."
John T. Kavanaugh Collection, Rutherford, New Jersey, 1945
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