For most soldiers in the march column on Maj0r-General William T. Sherman’s Carolinas Campaign, February 23, 1865 was day spent crossing the Wateree-Catawba River. Confederate resistance to the crossing was negligible to say the least… or really, that would be the most one might say! In fact, the biggest problem the Federals faced at theContinue reading “Sherman’s March, February 23, 1865: Crossing the Wateree-Catawba, “The day’s work was an excessively fatiguing one””
The roots of the Naval War College and our modern joint warfare training come from an obscure, often overlooked operation on the Savannah River in January 1865. The operation featured the unlikely situation where a Federal steamer named “General Robert E. Lee” linked up with forces under the command of Major-General Jefferson C. Davis.
On December 30, 1864, Brigadier-General William T. Ward received orders to move his division, of the Twentieth Corps, across the Savannah River. His mission was to reconnoiter the South Carolina side of the river and push back any Confederate pickets. Ward was to push up the Union Causeway that weeks earlier had been the Confederate’sContinue reading ““The rebels have driven off everything that they could….”: Ward’s reconnaissance into South Carolina”