January 20, 1865: Logistic constraints and rains delay Sherman’s movements

Following the Confederate withdrawal from Pocotaligo on the night of January 14, 1865, Major-General Frank Blair’s Seventeenth Corps consolidated positions for its foothold in South Carolina (Point #1 on the map below).  Immediately, Federal officers began looking at the Confederate line along the Salkehatchie River for possible crossing points. Further south, Major-General Henry Slocum’s LeftContinue reading “January 20, 1865: Logistic constraints and rains delay Sherman’s movements”

“The rebels have driven off everything that they could….”: Ward’s reconnaissance into South Carolina

On December 30, 1864, Brigadier-General William T. Ward received orders to move his division, of the Twentieth Corps, across the Savannah River.  His mission was to reconnoiter the South Carolina side of the river and push back any Confederate pickets.  Ward was to push up the Union Causeway that weeks earlier had been the Confederate’sContinue reading ““The rebels have driven off everything that they could….”: Ward’s reconnaissance into South Carolina”

January 2, 1865, “Time is a very important consideration…”: Supplies rushed forward for Sherman’s next move

At this time in 1865, the Federal armies in Savannah were like a coiled spring, waiting for the trigger to surge forward again.  On Christmas Eve, Major-General William T. Sherman wrote to Lieutenant-General Ulysses S. Grant suggesting a move through South Carolina.  Sherman preferred to leave Charleston and Augusta (Georgia) alone while he drove through theContinue reading “January 2, 1865, “Time is a very important consideration…”: Supplies rushed forward for Sherman’s next move”