Diary of Orrin Brown, Savannah, Georgia
It clouded up and rained some in the after part of the night and we had quite a heavy shower after daylight but it has faired off a little and is quite warm. We drew two days rations this morning to last four days consisting of Hardtack salt-poark, Beans, Coffee, Sugar, salt, pepper, and soap. It is quite cool again this evening and a high N.W. wind blowing. Read 8 Chapt. in Testament today.
On 3 Jan 1865, a Milledgeville, Georgia, newspaper reprinted an editorial of the New York Times, acknowledging both the legitimate aims of Sherman’s March and the unfortunate and inevitable consequences. While it was necessary to cut the railroads and destroy food & war material, denying Georgia supplies to Lee’s troops in Virginia, bringing the war home to the Deep South would likely inflame, rather than extinguish, the fighting spirit of the Confederacy they thought. This thought was echoed in an editorial from another Milledgeville newspaper the same day, in much darker tone.