Sherman’s March, April 11, 1865: “I will push Joe Johnston to the death”; Sherman advances on Smithfield

In the second week of April, 1865, for the third time in seven months Major-General William T. Sherman started his army group out of camp into a marching campaign.  The movement out from the Goldsboro, North Carolina area differed somewhat from that of the movements out of Atlanta and Savannah.  This time, instead of aimingContinue reading “Sherman’s March, April 11, 1865: “I will push Joe Johnston to the death”; Sherman advances on Smithfield”

Sherman’s March, March 24, 1865: The armies close on Goldsboro, commanders reflect on the achievement

I’m going to offer up a map showing the movements for March 24, 1865, but only to support the short summary offered: For the 24th, the Left Wing went into position on the west and north of Goldsboro.  The Right Wing, moving on two roads and crossing on two pontoon bridges, reached camps to theContinue reading “Sherman’s March, March 24, 1865: The armies close on Goldsboro, commanders reflect on the achievement”

Sherman’s March, March 22, 1865: Johnston withdraws and Sherman beings refitting his army

While the last charge and counter-charge of the Battle of Bentonville played out on March 21, the other two columns in Major-General William T. Sherman’s army group made march progress. Going with commander’s names on the map to simplify the annotations today. Most important for Sherman’s plans, Major-General John Schofield moved forward to secure Goldsboro. Continue reading “Sherman’s March, March 22, 1865: Johnston withdraws and Sherman beings refitting his army”