Union Commander informed Sherman later on that he had destroyed $ 100 million
worth of food and other resources. Sherman
defended his destruction as a way of bringing the sad realities of war to the
heart of Georgia. Neither Confederates nor Georgia would have enough time to
recover and change the outcome of the war.
the way through Savannah the Union picked up 14,000 African Americans but only
half completed the march. On April 9, 1864, General Robert E. Lee surrendered
his small force that he still commanded at Appomattox Courthouse. Other Generals
followed his actions.