It is mid-December, 1864.
Union forces capture Fort McAllister, opening the Ogeechee River to its supply ships off the Georgia coast.
Led by General Hardee, 15,000 Confederates guard Savannah.
On the 17th, Sherman telegrams him, demanding to surrender.
Hardee does not yield, though Savannah Mayor, Richard Arnold, does.
Sherman wires President Lincoln, presenting Savannah as a Christmas gift.