By January 1865, even a biased observer of the Civil War would have to agree the final acts were due to play out within months. But before the curtain would open on the next rounds, several actors had to move about on the stage. As some of the fall 1864 campaigns reached conclusions, the demands of January 1865 prompted movement of troops across theaters. Both Federal and Confederate troops were in motion that month. There are three movements which I’d highlight as rather important to the last phases of the Civil War.
On the first day of December 1864, Major-General William T. Sherman pushed his armies on the next leg of the march toward Savannah. Millen was the next major waypoint. The previous day he’d sent orders to the Right Wing commander, Major-General Oliver O. Howard, instructing the Fifteenth Corps to remain on the south side ofContinue reading “Marching Through Georgia, December 1, 1864: Marching on Millen, giving fight to Wheeler”