Sherman’s March, February 12, 1865: Three bridgeheads on the North Edisto River

As the middle of February 1865 came, Major-General William T. Sherman’s columns were well into South Carolina.  The Federals were reaching out towards Columbia.  To counter that reach, the Confederates needed time to concentrate forces.  Two corps… in name at least… were at or nearing Augusta.  Geography favored the Confederates in that regard.  The roadsContinue reading “Sherman’s March, February 12, 1865: Three bridgeheads on the North Edisto River”

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”

Savannah’s Siege, December 20, 1864: “The noise of the retreating enemy could plainly be heard”

For Lieutenant-General William Hardee, December 20, 1864 was a day of anticipation.  Had the pontoon bridge across the Savannah River been ready before dusk the day before, he would have started the evacuation of Savannah.  Instead, he looked to keep up the appearances of holding the city for just one more day and then evacuateContinue reading “Savannah’s Siege, December 20, 1864: “The noise of the retreating enemy could plainly be heard””