Savannah’s Siege, December 15, 1864: Slocum, Carman propose moving to the left

Under the classical definition of siege the attacker is required to surround a point or at least dominate all means of access into or out of the point.  But from the military standpoint, the siege begins with an investment, in which the attacker works to isolate the target, be that a city or other positionContinue reading “Savannah’s Siege, December 15, 1864: Slocum, Carman propose moving to the left”

Marching Through Georgia, December 12, 1864: Focus on Fort McAllister

On December 12, 1864, a fast steamer headed north out of Port Royal Sound.  On board were messages from Major-General John Foster and Rear-Admiral John Dahlgren, both citing messages carried by Captain William Duncan from Major-General Oliver O. Howard.  Word of Major-General William T. Sherman’s arrival at Savannah would bring some authoritative information for theContinue reading “Marching Through Georgia, December 12, 1864: Focus on Fort McAllister”

Marching Through Georgia, December 11, 1864: Setting up a siege and looking for the Navy

Late on December 10, 1864, Major-General William T. Sherman’s headquarters issued Special Field Orders No. 130.  Up front, these orders stated the general’s priorities: The army having arrived before Savannah, will proceed to invest the place, and to open up communication with our fleet in Ossabaw and Wassaw Sounds. In line with these priorities, theContinue reading “Marching Through Georgia, December 11, 1864: Setting up a siege and looking for the Navy”