Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Sherman's Christmas Gift to Lincoln


Slate highlights this historical gem.  In the winter of 1864 Willima Tecumseh Sherman presented Lincoln with the City of Savannah as a Christmas present.  Sherman's telegram, dated December 22, reads “I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the city of Savannah with 150 heavy guns and plenty of ammunition and also about 25,000 bales of cotton.”  According to Slate, "The brief message came as a huge relief to Lincoln, who had been out of touch with Sherman for several weeks, since the major general had embarked from Atlanta on his March to the Sea."

Steve Clowney


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