#82 Destroying the Rails Savannah, Georgia December 21, 1864

Savannah, Ga. Dec. 21, 1864


General Sherman brought his own brand of terror to Savannah today as his Northern Army marched through the city. As he has done throughout the state of Georgia, Sherman had his men destroy Savannah. Soldiers ripped up the railroads in the city and burned the bridges. Men stormed through the streets of the town, looting the homes of private citizens. The Northern General's reputation is frightening to the people of Georgia yet thousands of freed slaves look upon him as their liberator. Food wasn't a problem for the Northern Army, since they had long forgotten about Army rations. The soldiers ate fine beef and chicken which they acquired as they ransacked the towns of Georgia.