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In Georgia, General W.T. Sherman and his 62,000 men march out of a burning Atlanta, heading for the sea

Union troops move out from a burning Atlanta, Georgia, November 15, 1864, artist's impression, detail
11/15/1864
Union General W.T. Sherman marched his troops out of Atlanta in the afternoon, embarking on his "March to the Sea" across Georgia.  Four army corps, the XV, XVII, XIV, and XX, around 62,000 men in total, moved in four parallel formations covering a swath of sixty miles. Living off the land, the march devastated central Georgia and came to an end five weeks later on December 21, 1864, with the Union's capture of Savannah.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Charles P. Roland, An American Iliad: The Story of the Civil War (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2002), 233-234.