December 4 to 17, 1864: Cease fire for Prisoner exchanges at Charleston

My focus on the Savannah Campaign brought a neglect to “on this day 150 years ago” blogging relative to Charleston and other points.  As Major-General William T. Sherman’s operations were at a lull for the closing weeks of 1864, that pause allows me time to “catch up.”  The important news out of Charleston during theContinue reading “December 4 to 17, 1864: Cease fire for Prisoner exchanges at Charleston”

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”

Marching Through Georgia, November 26, 1864: “A Rapid Ride to Millen” by the Cavalry

Often the discussion of cavalry operations during the March to the Sea begins with “Kill-cavalry again?” and ends somewhere with references to silver platters.  The real story is a bit more complex.  During portions of the campaign, Brigadier-General H. Judson Kilpatrick’s division provided security for the two wings of the march.  At other times, Kilpatrick’sContinue reading “Marching Through Georgia, November 26, 1864: “A Rapid Ride to Millen” by the Cavalry”