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, December 2, 1864: A “battle” of telegraphers

On December 2, 1864, for the tenth straight day, Major-General William T. Sherman’s men marched in dry weather.  Temperatures remained in the 50’s for the most part.  Perhaps the most favorable marching weather possible that time of year.  For the day, the Federals continued the advance along the Ogeechee River, reaching for Savannah.  Millen wasContinue reading “Marching Through Georgia, December 2, 1864: A “battle” of telegraphers”