Sherman’s March, February 3, 1865: “It is the strongest position I have ever seen in my life” at Rivers’ Bridge

The map I’ll offer for movements on February 3, 1865 offers not much advancement over that of the previous day: In orders to Major-General Oliver O. Howard the previous day, Major-General William T. Sherman alluded to the slow movement of the Left Wing out of the Savannah River bottoms.  Blame it on Major-General Henry Slocum,Continue reading “Sherman’s March, February 3, 1865: “It is the strongest position I have ever seen in my life” at Rivers’ Bridge”

Sherman’s March, February 1, 1865 (Part 2): Advance of the Right Wing – “Our men made short work of clearing away these obstacles”

Continuing from the earlier post where I looked at the troubles moving the Left Wing over the Savannah River into South Carolina, let me turn to the movements of the Right Wing on February 1, 1865.  As the map indicates, Major-Oliver O. Howard had both the Fifteenth (Major-General John A. Logan) and Seventeenth Corps (Major-GeneralContinue reading “Sherman’s March, February 1, 1865 (Part 2): Advance of the Right Wing – “Our men made short work of clearing away these obstacles””

January 14, 1865: Blair’s move on Pocotaligo forces a Confederate withdrawal

For Major-General Oliver O. Howard’s Army of the Tennessee, or Right Wing of Major-General William T. Sherman’s armies, the march through South Carolina started on the wrong foot on January 13-14, 1865.  Sherman’s plans called for both corps of the army – the Fifteenth and Seventeenth – to move by water to Port Royal Sound,Continue reading “January 14, 1865: Blair’s move on Pocotaligo forces a Confederate withdrawal”