“They … could not believe there was any danger till it was upon them”: March 8, 1865, Wyse Fork

Although one of the largest engagements in North Carolina during the Civil War, the Battle of Wyse Fork is overshadowed by the larger battle of Bentonville.  Though some  some 120 miles northeast of Major-General William T. Sherman’s columns on March 8, 1865, Wyse Fork was a direct result of logistic needs for the Federals operatingContinue reading ““They … could not believe there was any danger till it was upon them”: March 8, 1865, Wyse Fork”

Sherman’s March, March 7, 1865: “try and keep the foragers from insulting families by word or rudeness”

In more ways than one, 150 years ago this day the campaign became the Carolinas Campaign.  March 7, 1865 was, for many in Major-General William T. Sherman’s marching columns, the last day spent in South Carolina.  By the end of the day, only the Right Wing camped short of the North Carolina border.  Writing toContinue reading “Sherman’s March, March 7, 1865: “try and keep the foragers from insulting families by word or rudeness””

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”