On this date in history, Union Major General William T. Sherman sent a telegram to President Lincoln, reading:
To His Excellency, President Lincoln:
I beg to present you as a Christmas gift, the city of Savannah, with one hundred and fifty heavy guns and plenty of ammunition, and also about twenty-five thousand bales of cotton.
W. T. Sherman, Major-General”
Savannah had been one of the last major ports that remained open to the Confederates.