On to Richmond!
Although Atlanta was a prime military, transportation, and industrial prize, the most coveted psychological objective remained the Confederate capital of Richmond.
Yet even as Sherman advanced through Georgia, took Atlanta, invaded South Carolina, and began his roll through North Carolina, Grant was still dug in outside Richmond’s backdoor with Meade’s Army of the Potomac, who was continuing its interminable siege of Petersburg, which had begun in June 1864.
While the armies pounded one another from the Petersburg entrenchments, Confederate General Jubal Early dared to menace Washington with his small army of 10,000 to 12,000 infantrymen and 4,000 cavalry troopers. And a far smaller band of Confederates was operating, ...