February 3, 1865: Confederate leaders plan to counter Sherman

On February 2, 1865, there was a meeting of the “chiefs” at Green’s Cut Station, south of Augusta, Georgia (where else would the greens be cut?).  General P.G.T. Beauregard, Lieutenant-General William Hardee, Major-General Daniel H. Hill, and Major-General Gustavus W. Smith attended.  These generals’ attention was focused on a single question – How to stopContinue reading “February 3, 1865: Confederate leaders plan to counter Sherman”

“I am strictly on the defensive”: Hardee and Davis consider arrangements to defend South Carolina

For Major-General William J. Hardee, commanding the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, the conclusion of the Savannah Campaign in December 1864 left one redeeming positive result – his field army escaped largely intact.  Granted, that “army” was little more than a corps in terms of manpower. But having at least a force inContinue reading ““I am strictly on the defensive”: Hardee and Davis consider arrangements to defend South Carolina”

January 7, 1865 -“I do not regard Charleston… of any military importance.”: No offensive against Charleston planned

During the first weeks of January 1865, Major-General William T. Sherman completed preparations for a campaign into South Carolina.  A question lingered in regard to objectives.  Should Sherman direct his columns against Charleston? Sherman had already voiced his opinion to Lieutenant-General Ulysses S. Grant on the matter.  And on January 7, 1865, Grant indicated hisContinue reading “January 7, 1865 -“I do not regard Charleston… of any military importance.”: No offensive against Charleston planned”