150 years ago today, General William Tecumsah Sherman “presented” conquered Savannah as the “Christmas present” to President Abraham Lincoln, as the March to the Sea, arguably the deciding blow of the Civil War, concluded and Sherman looked north to Columbia.

Here’s Tennessee Ernie Ford performing “Marching Through Georgia,” a song that was vilified, but still performed, in the Jim Crow Georgia of my childhood.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.