Sherman’s March, February 11, 1865: Kilpatrick’s defeat at Aiken translates Federal success

Mention Major-General H. Judson Kilpatrick in some circles, and you spark some harsh words.  “Kill Cavalry” they say, was just a self-centered, no-good scoundrel.  Hard to find any counterweight to redeem Kilpatrick.  By most measures, February 11, 1865 was a defeat for Kilpatrick and his command.  But that defeat, on the battlefield at Aiken, SouthContinue reading “Sherman’s March, February 11, 1865: Kilpatrick’s defeat at Aiken translates Federal success”

December 4, 1864: Kilpatrick “whipped Wheeler soundly” at Waynesboro

Before daylight on December 4, 1864, Federal cavalrymen were up and moving.  Events and issued orders of the previous day set had set the stage for a cavalry battle.  The combined column of Brigadier-General Absalom Baird’s infantry division and Brigadier-General H. Judson Kilpatrick’s cavalry had spent the night in a defensive position around Thomas’ Station. Continue reading “December 4, 1864: Kilpatrick “whipped Wheeler soundly” at Waynesboro”

Marching through Georgia, November 20, 1864: Rain, Mud, slow marching and raiding on Macon

On November 20, 1864, it was General Mud who came to the aid of Georgia’s defense. Rains turned the roads into muddy traces.  All along Major-General William T. Sherman’s line of march, the formations moved slowly. Dawn broke to offer a foggy, rainy morning.  That morning, the last division of the Fifteenth Corps, belonging toContinue reading “Marching through Georgia, November 20, 1864: Rain, Mud, slow marching and raiding on Macon”