Sherman’s March, February 17, 1865: “The scenes in Columbia that night were terrible.”

150 years ago this evening, Columbia, South Carolina burned.  The destruction of between half and two-thirds of the city became the most important incident of Major-General William T. Sherman’s march through the state.  Controversies swirled around, long after the fires had died…  and continue to this day.  I find many misconceptions, if not outright mythsContinue reading “Sherman’s March, February 17, 1865: “The scenes in Columbia that night were terrible.””

Sherman’s March, February 16, 1865: “I instructed him not to fire any more into”… Columbia

If you ask me, Battery H, 1st Illinois Light Artillery should be among the most recognized artillery formations of the Civil War. The battery served in many important campaigns of the war and played critical roles in several major battles.  Armed with 20-pdr Parrott guns, this volunteer battery saw action at Shiloh (those big gunsContinue reading “Sherman’s March, February 16, 1865: “I instructed him not to fire any more into”… Columbia”

November 29, 1864: Delays at Boyd’s Neck; Prelude to disaster at Honey Hill

While Major-General William T. Sherman’s armies made their way through Georgia in the closing days of November 1864, operations far away from his columns reflected the ripples caused by the March to the Sea.   In central Tennessee, actions at Spring Hill and Franklin by Lieutenant-General John B. Hood were in part justified as an effortContinue reading “November 29, 1864: Delays at Boyd’s Neck; Prelude to disaster at Honey Hill”