Sesquicentennial timed posts covering Federal operations from Columbia, South Carolina to Fayetteville, North Carolina – February 20 to March 12, 1865:
February 20: Sherman marches out of Columbia, Howard issues rebuke to his troops.
February 21: Winnsborough receives fair treatment from the 20th Corps.
February 22: Sherman reaches the Catawba-Wateree River, Threats issued for prisoner murders.
February 23: Crossing the Catawba-Wateree River; J.E. Johnston given command of forces opposing Sherman.
February 24: Rains prevent the completion of the Catawba-Wateree crossing; Sherman and Hampton discuss prisoner murders and forager behavior.
February 25: Fourteenth Corps stuck at Rocky Mount Ferry.
February 26: Rains continue, Federals have difficulty crossing even small streams; Lawlessness breaks out in the wake of Sherman’s passing.
February 27: Floods continue to delay the Federal march; Hampton escalates the prisoner issue.
February 28: Bridging and corduroying, and the abating flood waters allow some advance… while Kilpatrick and Wheeler exchange prisoners.
March 1: Pushing out of the flooded sand hills.
March 2: Crossing Lynches River and Black Creek; Execution of James Miller.
March 3: Capture of Cheraw.
March 4: Bridging the PeeDee River and an expedition to Florence.
March 5: Accident in Cheraw brings a rain of shells, and the Florence raid continues.
March 6: Complete crossing of the PeeDee and towards the state line.
March 7: Federals reach Rockingham, North Carolina; Howard issues orders restraining foragers.
March 8: Sherman’s column leaves South Carolina behind. And far ahead of the march, the battle of Wyse Fork.
March 9: Rains return to delay the Federal approach to Fayetteville.
March 10: Working out of the mud on corduroy roads, and the battle of Monroe’s Crossroads.
March 11: Federals drive into Fayetteville.
March 12: A partial day of rest in Fayetteville.