Savannah to Columbia

Sesquicentennial timed posts covering Federal operations out of Savannah, Georgia towards Columbia, South Carolina – January and February, 1865 (Also consult the concurrent and complementary operations against Charleston):

January 14: Federal movements at Pocotaligo.

January 15: Loss of the USS Patapsco (Part 1 and Part 2)

January 18-28: Naval operations in the Savannah River… which spur ideas about joint warfighting.

January 20: Logistics and weather constrain Sherman’s plans.  More on that subject from a CGSC thesis.

January 21: Forage for the animals presented the biggest problem.

January 24-29: Gunboats probe the South Carolina coastline.

January 26: “Ships were made to be lost” –  Loss of the USS Dai Ching

January 28-30: Diversions on the Stono and Edisto Rivers.

January 29: General D.H.  Hill finds “something terribly wrong” with Confederate cavalry.

February 1:  Advance of the Right Wing… and delays of the Left Wing.

February 2: Skirmishing everywhere!

February 3: Confederate plans to counter Sherman are dashed by action at Rivers’ Bridge.

February 4: Missed opportunity for Confederates, as the Right Wing advances.  Howard laments the conduct of some of his soldiers.

February 5: Right Wing holds while the Left Wing works up from Sisters Ferry.

February 6: “Burnwell” South Carolina.

February 7: Sherman cuts the South Carolina Railroad (an under appreciated objective of the campaign).

February 8: Cavalry skirmish at Williston, Cotton diplomacy fails.

February 9: Crossing the South Edisto.

February 10: Wheeler and Kilpatrick maneuver for a fight.

February 11: Kilpatrick’s defeat at Aiken opens doors for Sherman.

February 12: Three bridges over the North Edisto River.

February 13: Over the North Edisto and towards the Congaree.

February 14: Hampton rushes to protect Columbia.

February 15: Crashing Congaree Creek.

February 16: DeGress fires on Columbia.

February 17: Columbia taken.

February 18: Federals in Columbia, Hampton looks for opportunity.

February 19: Sherman completes business in Columbia; Howard creates a refugee trainLee assess the situation in South Carolina.


What maps did Sherman use?

Congaree Creek battlefield today.

Columbia Aflame “… as a slight revenge on the Confederates for their cruelty”

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