This Week in the Civil War - #958
On Wednesday, November 9, 1864, at Kingston, Georgia, William Tecumseh Sherman reorganized his command under Generals O.O. Howard and H.W. Slocum and ordered his troops to commence a campaign.through the Georgia countryside which would end at the Atlantic seacoast. Sherman intended to punish the South, ordering his commanders if they met resistance to “order and enforce a devastation more or less relentless” while confiscating horses, mules, wagons, etc. Ordering his troops to “forage liberally on the country during the march,” Sherman believed that Thomas’ Union command was sufficiently reinforced to meet Hood’s expected invasion of Tennessee. While Hood’s Confederates would be confronted by Thomas’ troops, Sherman would be left alone and essentially unopposed to ravage the interior of the Confederacy. His campaign would bring unparalleled suffering to Georgia.