During a break from the scourge of war, Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman penned a Christmas letter to his daughter Maria, whom he affectionately calls “Minnie.” The general and his army were in occupation of Savannah, Georgia, after a long march across the state from Atlanta. Soon after the new year, Sherman and his army once again set off on campaign, but this time north through the Carolinas.
Headquarters, Military Division
Of the Mississippi,
Savannah, Dec. 25, 1864
A happy Christmas I hope this will prove to you, and Lizzie and all. You will probably know by this time that we have captured Savannah, and that we are all well – We are enjoying ourselves, in an elegant house, and will have a real Christmas dinner, turkey and all. I have no doubt you read the papers and know all you want to know and that you will be content to know that Uncle Charley and I are well. . . .
I suppose it is now bitter cold with you, it is cold here but not near so much so as with you. The trees are green here, but still the air is frosty. I expect to be here a couple of weeks, and then again will be off. Write to me right off at Savannah, via New York, and tell Lizzie to do the same for I cannot count on the mails for long. Give my love to all your cousins and believe me your affectionate father