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”

Sherman’s March, March 12, 1865: A day of “partial rest” at Fayetteville

The arrival of Major-General William T. Sherman’s in Fayetteville earned the soldiers a well-earned break from days of hard marching and difficult work on the muddy roads.  But saying “break” is not to say the soldiers would lounge around doing nothing.  Sherman had tasks to complete while in Fayetteville. Many of which would setup theContinue reading “Sherman’s March, March 12, 1865: A day of “partial rest” at Fayetteville”