In 1864, Sherman was heavily relied on by Lincoln. He won brilliantly in Atlanta. He waged total war which destroyed the South. In Sherman's March they marched to the sea from Atlanta, destroying everything in his path and freeing slaves. From there he went into the Carolinas and put much damage on the south. Which effected Confederate soldiers mentally, physically, and economically. (Soldiers wanted to go home and protect their houses, leading to many desertions).