December 22, 1864 – Sherman’s Christmas Present to Lincoln

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.

Major General William Tecumseh Sherman  in May 1865 by Matthew Brady. The black ribbon of mourning on his left arm is for President Lincoln.

Major General William Tecumseh Sherman in May 1865 by Matthew Brady. The black ribbon of mourning on his left arm is for President Lincoln.

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