Sherman’s March, February 20, 1865: Howard instructs – “These outrages must be stopped at all hazards”

For a few days in late February 1865, Major-General William T. Sherman’s march through South Carolina seemed much more an administrative movement than a military operation.  Movement orders were cut.  The troops started each morning at the appointed time.  Foragers went out.  And guards remained alert.  But the Confederates did little to contest these movements.Continue reading “Sherman’s March, February 20, 1865: Howard instructs – “These outrages must be stopped at all hazards””

Sherman’s March, February 19, 1865: Slocum burns his excess baggage; Howard creates a refugee train

Major-General William T. Sherman wrapped up activities around Columbia, South Carolina on February 19, 1865.  The weather was “warm and pleasant” that day.   The Right Wing completed the task of destroying railroads and war-supporting facilities.  The Left Wing maneuvered to the west and, with more progress than the day before, got astride the BroadContinue reading “Sherman’s March, February 19, 1865: Slocum burns his excess baggage; Howard creates a refugee train”

Sherman’s March, February 18, 1865: Hampton – “we might concentrate on one of his corps and destroy it”

Just as the Federals spent time around Millegeville, Georgia, in November, 1864,  to complete the demolition of facilities of military value, Major-General William T. Sherman ordered his subordinates to focus on facilities around Columbia, South Carolina on February 18, 1865.    This work fell predominately to the Right Wing of Major-General Oliver O. Howard.  Meanwhile theContinue reading “Sherman’s March, February 18, 1865: Hampton – “we might concentrate on one of his corps and destroy it””