Sherman’s March, March 17, 1865: “I moved towards Bentonville but six miles” – the other day lost at Averasborough

I closed yesterday mentioning that Major-General William T. Sherman in effect lost two days due to Lieutenant-General William Hardee’s delaying action at Averasborough.  The first of those days was/is apparent just looking at the progress of the Left Wing on the road to Averasborough on March 16, 1865.  To illustrate the second lost day, weContinue reading “Sherman’s March, March 17, 1865: “I moved towards Bentonville but six miles” – the other day lost at Averasborough”

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 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””