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”

November 28, 1864: Kilpatrick and Wheeler dance again – Battle of Buck Head Creek

The cavalry actions along Brushy Creek on November 27, 1864 were but a preface for the main act that played out the next day.  Brigadier-General H. Judson Kilpatrick had accomplished some of his mission with the destruction of railroad lines leading to Augusta, though he failed to complete the destruction of the bridge over BrierContinue reading “November 28, 1864: Kilpatrick and Wheeler dance again – Battle of Buck Head Creek”