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”

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”