Why was Atlanta significant to the Union and whose leadership led to its seizure by the Union? What was the effect of his march to Savannah?
General William Sherman led his march to the sea.
Sherman's March to the Sea took place at the end of the Civil War. He did this so that he could destroy every last shred of hope the Confederacy had of winning the war. Him, and his troops destroyed everything of value in a 60 mile radius.