Sherman's Christmas Gift: The Capture of Savannah

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Date: December 11, 2014
Contact: Kim Coons, 423-752-5213 x139

Fort Oglethorpe, GA: Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites the public to attend a special, 30-minute program about the capture of Savannah, Georgia.This talk will take place at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center on Saturday, December 20, 2014, at 2 pm.

We often view the Christmas season as a time of celebration, of being with family, and the giving of gifts. However, the Christmas of 1864 would hold a number of different meanings, particularly in the case of Savannah, Georgia, which General William T. Sherman presented as a gift to President Lincoln.The city's fall provided many different meanings that Christmas;it brought freedom, it generated despair, and it ended one of the most controversial campaigns of the war.

Join a park ranger to learn about how soldiers, slaves, and civilians viewed the surrender of Savannah as a Christmas gift to the president and as one of the final acts of the great drama of the Civil War.

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