Capture of Savannah Georgia


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Civil War Harper's Weekly, January 7, 1865

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Civil War Flag

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Capture Savannah

Capture of Savannah Georgia

Attack on Fort Fisher

Attack of Fort Fisher

Sherman's march Through Georgia

General Sherman's March Through Georgia

Millen Junction

Sherman Destroys Millen Junction


Millen Georgia

Capture of Savannah Georgia

Capture of Savannah Georgia

Georgia Slave

Georgia Slave

Sherman Burning Atlanta

General Sherman Burning Atlanta


Sandersville, Georgia

General Sherman Before Savannah Georgia






[JANUARY 7, 1865.




WE give on the next page two illustrations of General SHERMAN'S Army in front of Savannah. One of these represents General SHERMAN and his Staff, and is reproduced from a photograph by Mr. GEORGE W. BARNARD, to whom we are indebted for the graphic sketches of the Prison pen at Millen, published on page 13. The other sketch illustrates the capture of the rebel steamer Resolute, on the Savannah River.

For the benefit of our readers we give the following list of the officers comprising the group in the sketch of General SHERMAN and Staff, which will be recognized by the corresponding numbers subjoined to the sketch

Captain L. M. DAYTON, Aid-de-camp, Acting Adjutant-General.

Lieutenant-Colonel E. D. KITTOE, Medical Inspector.

Colonel Amos BECKWITH, Aid-de-camp and Chief of Commissary.

Captain O. M. POE, Chief Engineer.

Brigadier-General W. P. BARRY, Chief of Artillery.

Major J. C. M'COY, Senior Aid-de-camp.

Captain T. G. BAYLOR, Chief of Ordnance.

Major-General SHERMAN, Commanding.

Captain G. W. NICHOLS, Aid-de-camp.

Lieutenant-Colonel CHARLES EWING , Assistant Inspector-General.

Lieutenant-Colonel W. WARNER, Acting Inspector-General.

Captain J. E. MARSHALL, Assisting Adjutant-General to General BARRY.

General SHERMAN reached a position in front of Savannah on the 10th of December. General

HARDEE was at that time conducting the defense of the city, having under his command a force which SHERMAN estimated at 15,000 men. It was General SHERMAN'S intention to invest Savannah so completely with his army as to prevent the escape of HARDEE'S army. The first thing to be done, of course, was to open communication with Admiral DAHLGREN. Fort M'Allister, on the Ogechee River, stood in the way. This was a strong earth work, situated about sixteen miles south of Savannah, behind Point Genesis, and commands the river. It was captured December 13 by General HAZEN'S Division of the Fifteenth Corps. SHERMAN then located his right on the Ogechee at King's Bridge, while his left rested on the Savannah three miles above the city. Two boats were captured on the

Savannah River, and a blockade established preventing the descent of the rebel gun-boats. There was a break in the investment of Savannah on the eastern side from the mouth of the river to a short distance above the city. It was by this outlet that HARDEE escaped with his army by crossing the river to Union Causeway. Before evacuating the city the rebels had blown up their iron-clads and burned the Navy Yard. General SHERMAN immediately entered the city. His captures include, according to General FOSTER'S dispatch, eight hundred prisoners, one hundred and fifty guns, thirteen locomotives, one hundred and ninety cars, a large amount of ammunition and other material of war, besides three steamers and thirty-three thousand bales of cotton safely stored in warehouses.


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