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Sherman, William Tecumseh (1820-1891) to James H. Wilson

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02947 Author/Creator: Sherman, William Tecumseh (1820-1891) Place Written: Savannah, Georgia Type: Autograph letter Date: 21 January 1865 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Celebratory discussion of union victories in the South. Sherman writes that he "knocked the daylight through Georgia," that General Wilson and General George H. Thomas gave confederate Generals "Hood & Forest a taste of what they have to Expect by trying to meddle with out Conquered territory," and Captain Hugh Judson Kilpatrick "bamboozled Wheeler and...befuddled Hardee. Mentions his intention to attack Columbia, South Carolina and to raid Selma, Alabama. Signature has been removed and replaced by one written in another hand, possibly for clerical purposes.

People: Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Civil War, Military History, Union Forces, Union General, Confederate General or Leader, Confederate States of America, Battle

Sub Era: The American Civil War