Sherman’s March, March 17, 1865: “I moved towards Bentonville but six miles” – the other day lost at Averasborough

I closed yesterday mentioning that Major-General William T. Sherman in effect lost two days due to Lieutenant-General William Hardee’s delaying action at Averasborough.  The first of those days was/is apparent just looking at the progress of the Left Wing on the road to Averasborough on March 16, 1865.  To illustrate the second lost day, weContinue reading “Sherman’s March, March 17, 1865: “I moved towards Bentonville but six miles” – the other day lost at Averasborough”

Sherman’s March, March 16, 1865: Averasborough and lost time for Sherman’s march

After evacuating Fayetteville, Lieutenant-General William Hardee setup a defensive position north of the city along the road to Raleigh.  Hardee’s line had flanks protected by the Cape Fear and Black Rivers, where the two were just a couple miles apart and through which the plank road to Raleigh passed. The line, actually a defense inContinue reading “Sherman’s March, March 16, 1865: Averasborough and lost time for Sherman’s march”