General Sherman's Christmas Gift for President Lincoln

December 22, 1864
This is a sketch of Abraham Lincoln addressing Union soldiers.

The following is a telegram sent by General William T. Sherman to President Abraham Lincoln concerning the progress of Sherman's "March to the Sea."  The success of this campaign helped clinch the 1864 election for Lincoln. 


SAVANNAH, GA., December 22, 1864
(Via Fort Monroe 6.45 p.m. 25th)

His Excellency President LINCOLN:

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.

W.T. Sherman,
Major General.

Related Battles

Fulton County, GA | July 22, 1864
Result: Union Victory
Estimated Casualties