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In the last eight months of 1864 Union general William Tecumseh Sherman conducted some of the Civil War’s most significant military operations. When the general invaded Georgia in May, the Union war effort was in doubt, war weariness was ubiquitous in the North, the Lincoln administration’s days were seemingly numbered, and Confederate victory appeared a likely possibility. When the general captured Savannah at year’s end, Lincoln had secured reelection, the Empire State of the South had been gutted, and the Rebels had allowed their last viable chance at independence to slip through their grasp. Due to Sherman’s victories in Georgia, first during the Atlanta campaign (May 7–September 2, 1864) and then during his storied “March to the Sea” (November 15–December 21, 1864), the ultimate triumph of Union armies was all but guaranteed as the sun set on 1864.