Soldiers’ Directory of Public Offices, Charleston, January 1864

On January 1, 1864, the Charleston Courier ran this listing of public offices on column six of the first page: A lengthy list, but providing locations – in some cases the address – of all the important military offices, some government offices, and several hospitals. Several years ago, when first encountering, I marked this ofContinue reading “Soldiers’ Directory of Public Offices, Charleston, January 1864”

Sherman’s March, February 20, 1865: Howard instructs – “These outrages must be stopped at all hazards”

For a few days in late February 1865, Major-General William T. Sherman’s march through South Carolina seemed much more an administrative movement than a military operation.  Movement orders were cut.  The troops started each morning at the appointed time.  Foragers went out.  And guards remained alert.  But the Confederates did little to contest these movements.Continue reading “Sherman’s March, February 20, 1865: Howard instructs – “These outrages must be stopped at all hazards””

“We can hardly expect the first through line can be repaired before the middle of February”: Fixing Georgia’s wrecked railroads

On January 3, 1865, Major-General Jeremy F. Glimer, Chief of the Confederate Engineer Bureau, provided an update on the progress of repairs to railroads damaged during the Savannah Campaign.  Addressed to the Secretary of War, James Seddon, the report broke out the status of important rail lines through Georgia: I have the honor to reportContinue reading ““We can hardly expect the first through line can be repaired before the middle of February”: Fixing Georgia’s wrecked railroads”