Civil War artillery shell found in Charleston
Fredericksburg tolled 3 a.m. on December 11, 1862

This week in the Civil War for December 7, 1864

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This week 150 years ago in the Civil War, the Union army led by Gen. William Sherman reached the major port city of Savannah, Georgia, near the Atlantic coast. Sherman’s soldiers, after capturing Atlanta in a decisive Union victory earlier in the year, had spent weeks crossing Georgia while destroying farms and property in their path. The arrival of the Union forces at Savannah in early December of 1864 as they wrapped up their “March to the Sea” would prompt Confederates to hastily retreat. The Union troops would eventually move on in February 1865 into South Carolina during the culminating months of the conflict.

From the Associated Press and the Washington Post

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