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”

Sherman’s March, March 7, 1865: “try and keep the foragers from insulting families by word or rudeness”

In more ways than one, 150 years ago this day the campaign became the Carolinas Campaign.  March 7, 1865 was, for many in Major-General William T. Sherman’s marching columns, the last day spent in South Carolina.  By the end of the day, only the Right Wing camped short of the North Carolina border.  Writing toContinue reading “Sherman’s March, March 7, 1865: “try and keep the foragers from insulting families by word or rudeness””

Sherman’s March, March 3, 1865: “We skirmished heavily, and drove them rapidly through Cheraw”

In the afternoon of March 3, 1865, Major-General William T. Sherman wrote to Major-General Oliver O. Howard, commanding the Right Wing, expressing both intent and concerns with the march. After relating the status of the Left Wing, Sherman urged Howard on to Cheraw and to effect a crossing of the PeeDee River.  After that, ShermanContinue reading “Sherman’s March, March 3, 1865: “We skirmished heavily, and drove them rapidly through Cheraw””