Sherman to Gillmore: “All real good soldiers must now be marching.”

Before leaving Fayetteville on March 15, 1865, Major-General William T. Sherman sent one last round of messages.  Among those was a letter to Major-General Quincy Gillmore, commanding the Department of the South.  Sherman opened the letter apologizing for addressing a letter days earlier assuming Major-General John Foster was still in command of that department.  RatherContinue reading “Sherman to Gillmore: “All real good soldiers must now be marching.””

Sherman’s March, March 5, 1865: It “rained…shells very promiscuously” in Cheraw; Federals turned back at Florence

On March 5, 1865, Major-General William T. Sherman gave marching instructions for his wing commanders for movements beyond the PeeDee River to the next major objective – Fayetteville, North Carolina.  Writing from Cheraw, Sherman outlined the scheme of maneuver to Major-General Henry Slocum of the Left Wing: Let General [Jefferson C.] Davis lead into Fayetteville,Continue reading “Sherman’s March, March 5, 1865: It “rained…shells very promiscuously” in Cheraw; Federals turned back at Florence”

Sherman’s March, March 4, 1865: Bridging the PeeDee River and an expedition to Florence

Movements on March 4, 1865 placed Major-General William T. Sherman’s forces in position to bound the PeeDee River.  In a letter to Major-General Oliver O. Howard that evening, Sherman again expressed hope that forces out of Wilmington were moving out to points in North Carolina to effect an early juncture.  “I know Grant’s anxiety forContinue reading “Sherman’s March, March 4, 1865: Bridging the PeeDee River and an expedition to Florence”