After destroying Atlanta's warehouses and railroad facilities, Sherman, with 62,000 men begins a March to the Sea. President Lincoln on advice from Grant approved the idea. "I can make Georgia howl!" Sherman boasts.
December 15th through 16th Hood's Rebel Army of 23,000 is crushed at Nashville by 55,000 Federals including Negro troops under General George H. Thomas. The Confederate Army of Tennessee ceases as an effective fighting force. On December 21 Sherman reaches Savannah in Georgia leavi