Sherman’s March, February 10, 1865: “No better opportunity ever offered to break Wheeler up”

February 10, 1865 was not a day of great advances for Major-General William T. Sherman’s command.  The armies closed up, completed destruction of a railroad, and positioned for the next phase of the march.  From the perspective of 150 years, the activities of this day well demonstrate against the myths of Sherman’s passage through theContinue reading “Sherman’s March, February 10, 1865: “No better opportunity ever offered to break Wheeler up””

February 3, 1865: Confederate leaders plan to counter Sherman

On February 2, 1865, there was a meeting of the “chiefs” at Green’s Cut Station, south of Augusta, Georgia (where else would the greens be cut?).  General P.G.T. Beauregard, Lieutenant-General William Hardee, Major-General Daniel H. Hill, and Major-General Gustavus W. Smith attended.  These generals’ attention was focused on a single question – How to stopContinue reading “February 3, 1865: Confederate leaders plan to counter Sherman”

January 29, 1865: D.H. Hill complains “There is something terribly wrong in our cavalry organization”

Major-General Daniel Harvey Hill was well known for his acerbic personality.  In the winter of 1865, Hill commanded the Confederate force defending Augusta, Georgia.  Hill could not keep idle in the face of a perceived problem.  On January 29, 1865, the problem Hill perceived was the performance of the cavalry.  That morning he sent aContinue reading “January 29, 1865: D.H. Hill complains “There is something terribly wrong in our cavalry organization””