Congaree Creek Battlefield, a new marker, and “black Confederates”

Apologies that my earlier post ran too long to make mention of this related news item of the day.  As we have often seen, 150th anniversaries, large and small, are good times to dedicate new historical markers. The battle of Congaree Creek was not a large event in the war, but certainly worthy of aContinue reading “Congaree Creek Battlefield, a new marker, and “black Confederates””

Sherman’s March, February 15, 1865: Crashing Congaree Creek

As his forces closed on Columbia, South Carolina, Major-General William T. Sherman had to avoid becoming “fixed” or otherwise committed.  The 60,000 man force, deep in enemy territory, had to keep moving in order to acquire provisions.  Furthermore, delays would allow the Confederates to catch up with the highly mobile Federal columns. Nearing a largeContinue reading “Sherman’s March, February 15, 1865: Crashing Congaree Creek”

Sherman’s March, February 14, 1865: Hampton calls for “strong pickets” on Congaree Creek

Movements for Major-General William T. Sherman’s forces on February 14, 1865 were generally along the lines of the previous day.  While on the surface, to those looking back 150 years, this appears an inconsequential day, there were some important activities outside of the marching which framed the campaign.  But first let us look at thoseContinue reading “Sherman’s March, February 14, 1865: Hampton calls for “strong pickets” on Congaree Creek”