Sherman’s March, March 23, 1865: Sherman shuffles his command; Johnston throws in the towel

Over March 23-24, 1865, Major-General William T. Sherman ordered movements to close the Carolinas leg of the Great March.  I’m mixing definitions there a bit, as “Great March” was somewhat a post-war term applied by the veterans as they recalled the roads from Atlanta to Washington, D.C.  On the other hand, at the time, operationallyContinue reading “Sherman’s March, March 23, 1865: Sherman shuffles his command; Johnston throws in the towel”

Sherman’s March, March 18, 1865: Prelude to a storm

When two opposing armies come into close proximity, the most important piece of critical information the respective commanders require is the location of the enemy forces.  Cavalry and other intelligence gathering resources would be strained to gather such details.  General Joesph E. Johnston was straining his resources at this time 150 years ago.  At 10Continue reading “Sherman’s March, March 18, 1865: Prelude to a storm”

Sherman’s March, March 17, 1865: “I moved towards Bentonville but six miles” – the other day lost at Averasborough

I closed yesterday mentioning that Major-General William T. Sherman in effect lost two days due to Lieutenant-General William Hardee’s delaying action at Averasborough.  The first of those days was/is apparent just looking at the progress of the Left Wing on the road to Averasborough on March 16, 1865.  To illustrate the second lost day, weContinue reading “Sherman’s March, March 17, 1865: “I moved towards Bentonville but six miles” – the other day lost at Averasborough”