VAV!/December 12, 2014
This I construe as the end of my military career. In looking back upon the past I can only say, with millions of others, that I have done many things I should not have done, and have left undone still more which ought to have been done; that I can see where hundreds of opportunities have been neglected, but on the whole am content; and feel sure that I can travel this broad country of ours, and be each night the welcome guest in palace or cabin; and, as "all the world's stage, And all the men and women merely players," I claim the privilege to ring down the curtain. ~ W. T. SHERMAN, General.
General Sherman's March to the Sea, otherwise known as the Savannah Campaign, was commanded by Major General William Tecumseh "Cump" Sherman (1820–1891) of the Union Army. The Army's march began in the devastated city of Atlanta, Georgia on November 15, 1864 and continued onward until December 21, 1864 with the capture of the port of Savannah. The March is regarded as one of the most demoralizing movements against civilians during the great Civil War. The overall damage to America's industry and Infrastructure is incalculable.
All told, by the end of Sherman's March to the sea, had covered 285 miles within 5 weeks.