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 18-28: Naval operations in the Savannah River… which spur ideas about joint warfighting.
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 2: Skirmishing everywhere!
February 4: Missed opportunity for Confederates, as the Right Wing advances. Howard laments the conduct of some of his soldiers.
February 6: “Burnwell” South Carolina.
February 7: Sherman cuts the South Carolina Railroad (an under appreciated objective of the campaign).
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.