Black and white photo of William T. Sherman.

On September 3, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln issued an executive order offering the thanks of the nation to William T. Sherman (pictured here) for his successful campaign in Georgia that led to the capture of Atlanta. [Wikimedia Commons]

Executive Order Tendering Thanks to William T. Sherman

September 3, 1864

On September 3, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln issued an executive order offering the thanks of the nation to William T. Sherman for his successful campaign in Georgia that led to the capture of Atlanta.

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The national thanks are tendered by the President to Major-General William T. Sherman and the gallant officers and soldiers of his command before Atlanta for the distinguished ability, courage, and perseverance displayed in the campaign in Georgia, which, under divine favor, has resulted in the capture of the city of Atlanta. The marches, battles, sieges, and other military operations that have signalized this campaign must render it famous in the annals of war, and have entitled those who have participated therein to the applause and thanks of the nation.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN.

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  • Article Title Executive Order Tendering Thanks to William T. Sherman
  • Coverage September 3, 1864
  • Author
  • Keywords Abraham Lincoln, William T. Sherman
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 31, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update February 11, 2021
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