Sherman’s March, February 5, 1865: Three dead Federals and Mr. Trowell’s house in ashes

For the third day in a row, I’ll discuss the progress of Major-General William T. Sherman’s Great March and say there was not a lot of marching!  But for those at Sister’s Ferry 150 years ago today, the traffic jam was almost resolved: The Seventeenth Corps did no major marching on February 5, 1865.  ThoughContinue reading “Sherman’s March, February 5, 1865: Three dead Federals and Mr. Trowell’s house in ashes”

Sherman’s March, February 2, 1865: Skirmishing everywhere!

Yesterday I put some of the geographic and “demographic” aspects of the first days of Major-General William T. Sherman’s advance into South Carolina.  Today, let me focus on more of the martial aspects.   Lots of skirmishes broke out across the line of advance on February 2, 1865.  Some of those are depicted on the mapContinue reading “Sherman’s March, February 2, 1865: Skirmishing everywhere!”

150 years ago: Raiding Combahee Ferry

On the morning of June 2, 1863 did not begin like some ordinary day along the Combahee River.  The dawn brought confusion and flames to the South Carolina waterway.  The dawn also brought freedom for hundreds.  Federal troops, in the form of former slaves, arrived to raid the area around Combahee Ferry. The Second SouthContinue reading “150 years ago: Raiding Combahee Ferry”