Feel free to drive down to Savannah, which welcomes modern tourists, both from the North and from the South.
|This is the Comer House, built in 1880 so it is post Civil War, but isn't it beautiful?|
Savannah is full of beautiful architecture, beautiful squares, and the one of a kind Byrd's Famous Cookies.
|Byrd's, Home of the Best Little Cookies in the U.S.|
I love the squares of Savannah - there are 22 of them (plus two "missing" ones). They make you slow down and ponder history, as you can't walk (or drive, which you shouldn't be doing anyway) far without having to slow to go around one. Many have statutes - at least one even has a person buried there.
With apologies to any lawyers reading my blog, Savannah, at one time, banned lawyers, as its founder detested them.
I love the trees of Savannah, dripping with Spanish moss.
|Bonaventure Cemetery, in Thunderbolt, near Savannah|
In November and December of 1864, Union troops, under the command of General William Tecumsah Sherman, marched their way through Georgia, starting at Atlanta, burning and destroying various targets and cities as they traveled. By December 21, they reached Savannah, a major port and strategic target.
|Confederate grave, Bonaventure Cemetery|
Instead, on December 22, Sherman telegraphed President Lincoln:
"I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the City of Savannah, with one hundred and fifty guns and plenty of ammunition, also about twenty-five thousand bales of cotton."
|Green-Meldrim House, Savannah|
While Sherman stayed in this fancy house, his troops camped out in the various squares.
In Madison Square, there is now a marker commemorating the end of Sherman's March to the Sea.
It really wasn't the end, though, as the March lives on in Southern memory to this day.
Although the people of Savannah didn't know it then, the Civil War would be over in a little more than three months.
Today, Savannah, a city of about 143,000 people, is the fifth largest city in Georgia and worth a visit to explore its history.