Sherman’s March, February 15, 1865: Crashing Congaree Creek

As his forces closed on Columbia, South Carolina, Major-General William T. Sherman had to avoid becoming “fixed” or otherwise committed.  The 60,000 man force, deep in enemy territory, had to keep moving in order to acquire provisions.  Furthermore, delays would allow the Confederates to catch up with the highly mobile Federal columns. Nearing a largeContinue reading “Sherman’s March, February 15, 1865: Crashing Congaree Creek”

Savannah’s Siege, December 19, 1864: “await orders for the attack” Sherman says

One of the hardest missions a military formation can perform is a withdrawal across a river in close contact with the enemy.  Such was the task for Lieutenant-General William Hardee on December 19, 1864.  As he and General P.G.T. Beauregard had already made the decision to evacuate the Savannah garrison.  They set the trigger forContinue reading “Savannah’s Siege, December 19, 1864: “await orders for the attack” Sherman says”