November 18th, 1864. Union general William T. Sherman began his total war escaped. He cultivated his plan.
Sherman dreamed of destroying the South in order to win the war. He planned on forever weakening them. In doing so, he would bring with him a massive amount of destruction and sorrow.
Sherman's "march" began. This would be favored on his end, seeing as the Union had the numbers over the South. The South had the advantage of the battle being fought on home land, but that would do nothing to even scratch the death Sherman brought to Southern battalions.
General Lee on Confederate lines did put up a fight, and the two sides ended up in a cat-chase-mouth kind of stalemate. After 39 days however, the North would prove to be too powerful.
The damage Sherman left proved to be too much, and the South would never be able to recover from this for the rest of the war. Sherman's March to the Sea severely damaged the South and led to the North benefiting greatly.
Sherman managed to force surrender on September December 21, 1864 but the fight would still continue on even after this great feat.