Sherman's March to the Sea - Towards the end of the war, General Sherman marched from Savannah through the middle of South Carolina. His goal was to get into Virginia and help General Grant defeat Lee's army. This is the first time the war hit the midlands. They stripped plantations, foraged for supplies, and anything they couldn't use they destroyed, such as roads, bridges, and railroads. The goal was to destroy their will. The resentment towards the North lasted for generations.