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”

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?”

January 21, 1865: “We have never had more than four days’ forage ahead”: Limited supplies of fodder hinder Federal operations

On January 21, 1865, Major-General William T. Sherman sent a status to Lieutenant-General Ulysses S. Grant.  You can read the full text of the letter, along with other correspondence from Sherman, in today’s entry on “Sherman’s Blog” (A good blog to follow, by the way). Likely you have read or heard part of that letter,Continue reading “January 21, 1865: “We have never had more than four days’ forage ahead”: Limited supplies of fodder hinder Federal operations”