January 21, 1865: “We have never had more than four days’ forage ahead”: Limited supplies of fodder hinder Federal operations

On January 21, 1865, Major-General William T. Sherman sent a status to Lieutenant-General Ulysses S. Grant.  You can read the full text of the letter, along with other correspondence from Sherman, in today’s entry on “Sherman’s Blog” (A good blog to follow, by the way). Likely you have read or heard part of that letter,Continue reading “January 21, 1865: “We have never had more than four days’ forage ahead”: Limited supplies of fodder hinder Federal operations”

150 Years Ago: Animals lost at Stones River

A few weeks back, my friend Eric Wittenberg posted an article discussing the use of horses during the Civil War.  Eric indicated that just short of 5.2 million horses lived in the U.S. prior to the outbreak of war.  The Federals used around 825,000 horses during the war.  He does not offer a figure forContinue reading “150 Years Ago: Animals lost at Stones River”