President Lincoln’s Christmas Gift

It was on December 22, 1864, that Abraham Lincoln received a gift from Union General William T. Sherman.

For nearly six weeks, nothing was heard from Sherman during his famous “March to the Sea,”
a military campaign to frighten Georgia’s people and convince them to abandon the Confederate cause.

Sherman finally sent a telegram to Lincoln to inform him of the army’s success, reading in part,
“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.”

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Telegram from General William Sherman to President Abraham Lincoln announcing the surrender of Savannah, Georgia,
as a Christmas present to the President, 12/22/1864.

National Archives Identifier: 301637