Sherman’s March, February 8, 1865: Alabama vs. Alabama outside Williston; “Burn all Cotton”

For the men in Major-General William T. Sherman’s armies moving across South Carolina, February 8, 1865 was either a day of “close up” marching or railroad wrecking.  This is good because as the columns get closer to each other, I’ll be able to narrow down these maps to allow the readers better appreciate the detail!Continue reading “Sherman’s March, February 8, 1865: Alabama vs. Alabama outside Williston; “Burn all Cotton””

Sherman’s March, February 7, 1865: The South Carolina Railroad falls to Sherman

Thus far into the narrative discussing Major-General William T. Sherman’s march into South Carolina, one major factor which played into the Savannah Campaign had not been much importance.  That would be the railroads.  Other than the Charleston & Savannah Railroad along the coast, the Federal advance encountered no lines. That is until February 7, 1865. Continue reading “Sherman’s March, February 7, 1865: The South Carolina Railroad falls to Sherman”

Sherman’s March, February 5, 1865: Three dead Federals and Mr. Trowell’s house in ashes

For the third day in a row, I’ll discuss the progress of Major-General William T. Sherman’s Great March and say there was not a lot of marching!  But for those at Sister’s Ferry 150 years ago today, the traffic jam was almost resolved: The Seventeenth Corps did no major marching on February 5, 1865.  ThoughContinue reading “Sherman’s March, February 5, 1865: Three dead Federals and Mr. Trowell’s house in ashes”