Sherman’s March, March 15, 1865: In light marching order, the Federals advance out of Fayetteville

The 15th of March 1865 was the day designated by Major-General William T. Sherman for the lead columns of his army group to move out on the roads from Fayetteville.  “Light march order” was the formation for a third of the force.  Sherman expected trouble on the roads ahead.  And the men didn’t march farContinue reading “Sherman’s March, March 15, 1865: In light marching order, the Federals advance out of Fayetteville”

Sherman’s March, March 14, 1865: “I do think it is Johnston’s only chance to meet this army “

One more day of “partial rest” for Major-General William T. Sherman’s men on March 14, 1865, as everyone prepared for the next leg of the march.  Main activities for the day involved staging the commands for movement. To Major-General Oliver O. Howard, Sherman explained his intent for the next phase.  He planned a feint onContinue reading “Sherman’s March, March 14, 1865: “I do think it is Johnston’s only chance to meet this army “”

Sherman’s March, March 11, 1865: The Federals drive into Fayetteville

After spending weeks spread out across the Carolina countryside, on March 11, 1865, Sherman’s columns converged on Fayetteville, North Carolina.  In military terms, particularly in regard to logistics and control measures, the movement into Fayetteville was much like the descent upon Savannah.  Let me expand upon that in my “closing statement” after explaining the movementsContinue reading “Sherman’s March, March 11, 1865: The Federals drive into Fayetteville”