December 4, 1864: Kilpatrick “whipped Wheeler soundly” at Waynesboro

Before daylight on December 4, 1864, Federal cavalrymen were up and moving.  Events and issued orders of the previous day set had set the stage for a cavalry battle.  The combined column of Brigadier-General Absalom Baird’s infantry division and Brigadier-General H. Judson Kilpatrick’s cavalry had spent the night in a defensive position around Thomas’ Station. Continue reading “December 4, 1864: Kilpatrick “whipped Wheeler soundly” at Waynesboro”

Marching Through Georgia, December 3, 1864: Millen suffers for the horrors at Camp Lawton

Throughout 1864, Federal soldiers, from the top ranks down, expressed their disgust in reaction to stories about the prison camps of the south.  On December 3, 1864, a major element of Major-General William T. Sherman’s march reached Camp Lawton and saw first hand what one of those camps looked like… of course, without the prisonersContinue reading “Marching Through Georgia, December 3, 1864: Millen suffers for the horrors at Camp Lawton”