a century, trading in the Cotton Exchange on Savannah's waterfront
set world cotton prices.
was captured by General William T. Sherman in 1864. The citizens
rather than risk total destruction. From here Sherman
sent a famous message to President Abraham Lincoln -"I beg to
present to you as a Christmas gift, the city of Savannah with 140 heavy
guns and plenty of ammunition and also about 25,000 bales of cotton."