Sherman's March to the Sea - Inventory Number: PRI 078
Extremely rare hand-colored engraving of Major General Tecumseh Sherman's "March to the Sea" depicting the destruction of the railroad and the burning of Georgia. This print was engraved by Alexander Hay Ritchie after F.O.C Darley's painting. It was published by L. Stebbins, Hartford, CT, circa 1868. Ritchie was a prolific engraver of genre scenes, and engraved many scenes painted by Darley, who was the premier American illustrator of the 19th century.
This first edition print of "On the Match to the Sea" is a dramatic portrayal of General Sherman and his troops' notorious march through Georgia, which took place in 1864-1865. We see the destruction the Union troops left in their wake--burning a farm building, ripping up the train tracks, and rounding up cattle. In the foreground, freed slaves assist the Union soldiers. Beneath the main image, a small portrait of Sherman is centered in the caption.
This print is beautifully framed in to compliment and accentuate the vividness of the image itself. The frame measures 28" h x 36 1/2 l.
From November 15 until December 21, 1864, Union General William T. Sherman led some 60,000 soldiers on a 285-mile march from Atlanta to Savannah, Georgia. The purpose of this “March to the Sea” was to frighten Georgia’s civilian population into abandoning the Confederate cause. Sherman’s soldiers did not destroy any of the towns in their path, but they stole food and livestock and burned the houses and barns of people who tried to fight back. The Yankees were “not only fighting hostile armies, but a hostile people,” Sherman explained; as a result, they needed to “make old and young, rich and poor, feel the hard hand of war.”
Inventory Number: PRI 078