Savannah, Too Pretty To Burn

Exactly 150 years ago today, Union General William T. Sherman presented the city of Savannah to President Abraham Lincoln as a Christmas gift.

He started his legendary “March to the Sea” by burning Atlanta to the ground. As General Sherman’s army traipsed through Georgia, they destroyed everything in their path, crippling the South’s economy and resources.

Upon entering Savannah, Sherman was so utterly impressed by the city’s captivating beauty, that he spared her. He then gave Savannah to President Lincoln as a Christmas present.

We all know Savannah is the most beautiful city in the South (sorry Charleston), and we are certainly glad Sherman thought so too. Enjoy your beautiful city today, and as you look up at the twin spires of the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist or gaze at the magnificent fountain at Forsyth Park, remember how lucky you are to live here.