This Week in the Civil War - #981
With Sherman’s Union invaders in near proximity to the sea, strong Confederate defenses outside of Savannah, Georgia presented his army with a real dilemma. Without quickly making physical contact with the Federal fleet, the insufficiency of supplies, especially forage for his horses, would soon cripple his own army. And, a stationary army surviving off the land would quickly consume all local resources. Confronted by eighteen thousand men guarding five causeways into Savannah, Sherman on December 10, 1864 ordered his cavalry to reconnoiter Fort McAllister on the Ogeechee River, which blocked the obvious path between his army and the Federal fleet. What Sherman did not know was that the Confederate War Department had already urged General William Hardee at Savannah to withdraw into South Carolina and unite with other Confederate forces.