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Sherman's Savannah & Carolinas Campaign

Union Casualties: 4,800
Confederate Casualties: 7,188

Statistical Source: HPS

Sherman's Savannah & Carolinas Campaign
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Sherman turns north: Having seized Savannah, and undeterred by relentless rain, rugged terrain, or sporadic resistance, Sherman ordered his Union armies to move into South Carolina on January 17. They laid waste to much of the state where the rebellion began and reached its capital, Columbia, in less than a month. Southerners blamed Sherman for setting Columbia ablaze, although the fire seems to have begun among cotton bales lit by retreating rebel cavalry before his army ever reached the city. In any case, Sherman said, "Though I never ordered it, and never wished it, I have never shed any tears over the event, because I believe that it hastened what we all fought for, the end of the war."

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