Today in Southern History: Savannah Occupied

21 December 1864 

On this date in 1864…

Federal General W.T. Sherman’s federal troops occupied Savannah, Georgia after Confederates evacuated the city. 


Other Years:

  • 1759 – A peace conference convened between the Cherokee and British representatives in North Carolina.
  • 1804 – Two treaties the Cherokee signed to give up over four million acres for almost $20,000 went to the Senate for approval.
  • 1968 – Apollo 8  launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida on a mission to orbit the moon.
  • 1996 – After two years of denials, U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia admitted violating House ethics rules. 


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