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.Premiere Date: December 15, 2014 | Runtime: 00:01:45
37 Weeks tells the story of Sherman's march on Atlanta. Each segment does more than just outline a military campaign - these stories make us feel and understand the human dimension of war. What did it feel like when Sherman's army - 100 thousand strong - was bearing down on your town or city? What was motivating Sherman's fateful decisions? These are among the stories being explored.