Sherman’s March, March 13, 1865: “The bulk of my army is across Cape Fear River”

Major-General William T. Sherman’s forces spent a second “partial rest” day around Fayetteville, North Carolina on March 13, 1865.  The day was spent continuing the tasks, to include destruction of the arsenal, and moving formations across the Cape Fear River. On the move was the Seventeenth Corps, filing in behind the bridgehead created the dayContinue reading “Sherman’s March, March 13, 1865: “The bulk of my army is across Cape Fear River””

Sherman’s March, March 8, 1865: “marched twenty miles through piney woods” as the Fourteenth Corps catches up

The weather always seemed to dog Major-General William T. Sherman’s march through the Carolinas harder than the Confederates.  From the first days of January all the way through March, rains and floods periodically threatened to strand Sherman’s campaign.  On March 8, 1865, the rains came again. While some columns reported an impact, others posted significantContinue reading “Sherman’s March, March 8, 1865: “marched twenty miles through piney woods” as the Fourteenth Corps catches up”

Marching Through Georgia, December 11, 1864: Setting up a siege and looking for the Navy

Late on December 10, 1864, Major-General William T. Sherman’s headquarters issued Special Field Orders No. 130.  Up front, these orders stated the general’s priorities: The army having arrived before Savannah, will proceed to invest the place, and to open up communication with our fleet in Ossabaw and Wassaw Sounds. In line with these priorities, theContinue reading “Marching Through Georgia, December 11, 1864: Setting up a siege and looking for the Navy”