This Week in the Civil War - #967
On Tuesday, November 22, 1864 the relentless juggernaut which was Sherman’s army occupied the Georgia state capital at Milledgeville. The Georgia state legislature fled after issuing a levy for troops. The first stage of Sherman’s plan to bring the war into the heartland of the Confederacy worked brilliantly. Georgia was powerless to oppose Sherman. With foragers operating far and wide along the paths of his army, the Union army took what it wanted and often looting and burned all in its path. It seemed Confederate defenders could only harass Sherman’s advancing columns and occasionally skirmish with the invaders. Confederate General William Hardee was appointed to oppose Sherman, an impossible task given that Hardee lacked sufficient troops and did not know the varying routes that Sherman’s advancing columns would take.