Mapping through South Carolina: What maps did Sherman use? And were they good maps?

Several readers have asked about the base map used for the daily maps for the Savannah Campaign and now the South Carolina Campaign.  As a convention, I chose to use the area maps from the Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion.  At one time, one could pick up theContinue reading “Mapping through South Carolina: What maps did Sherman use? And were they good maps?”

Sherman’s March, February 4, 1865: A missed opportunity for the Confederates?

The map showing Major-General William T. Sherman’s movements for February 4, 1865 does not offer a lot of “arrows”: As with the previous day, delays getting the Left Wing across the Savannah River caused the Right Wing to slow down on February 4.  But on the positive, Major-General Henry Slocum’s wing finally had a corduroyed,Continue reading “Sherman’s March, February 4, 1865: A missed opportunity for the Confederates?”

Sherman’s March, February 2, 1865: Skirmishing everywhere!

Yesterday I put some of the geographic and “demographic” aspects of the first days of Major-General William T. Sherman’s advance into South Carolina.  Today, let me focus on more of the martial aspects.   Lots of skirmishes broke out across the line of advance on February 2, 1865.  Some of those are depicted on the mapContinue reading “Sherman’s March, February 2, 1865: Skirmishing everywhere!”