Master of Arts in History
Elizabeth White Nelson, Committee Chair
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
Graduate Faculty Representative
Beth C. Rosenberg
Number of Pages
In September 1864, Union General William T. Sherman's Savannah Campaign targeted the growing animosity between wealthy and poor Georgians when he proposed that Union forces "arouse the latent enmity of Georgia." This thesis continues the study of the March to the Sea by examining the effect of Sherman's campaign as it pertained to the social divisions between Georgians. Sherman's army alone did not ruin the state's ability to remain a vital contributor to the war effort, but rather focused upon the already growing social disputes between Georgians over economic contributions, military sacrifice, and political support. Even before Sherman's army arrived, Governor Joseph E. Brown's attempts to address the economic and political needs of wealthy Georgians clashed with his efforts to provide relief and support to poor whites. Consequently, perceptions of the state government eroded as Brown continued to resist President Jefferson Davis and the Confederate government's authority over issues of state defense and militia control. Although the march resulted in significant damage to the Georgia's infrastructure, the greater effect of the March to the Sea emerged from the aggravation of social and political discord throughout the state and the Confederacy.
Civil War; Confederacy; Confederate States of America; Economic divisions; Georgia; Poor people; Sherman; William T.; Sherman’s March to the Sea; Social divisions; State politics; Wealthy people
Military History | Political History | Social History | United States History
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Spurr, Michael Jason, ""The latent enmity of Georgia": Sherman's March and its effects on the social division of Georgia" (2009). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 53.
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