Sherman’s March, March 9, 1865: “… this and the day following were two of the most tedious of the campaign.”

Considering this day – March 9 – as things occurred 150 years ago, Major-General Oliver O. Howard wrote: March 9, excepting the three days at Lynch’s Creek, this and the day following were two of the most tedious of the campaign.  The rain continued, and the roads grew worse and worse.  The soil seemed toContinue reading “Sherman’s March, March 9, 1865: “… this and the day following were two of the most tedious of the campaign.””

Sherman’s March, February 9, 1865: Crossing the South Edisto, “The advantages of position were decidedly in our favor”

The journals and reports for Major-General William T. Sherman’s armies with respect to February 9, 1865 reflect three general activities – marches to catch up with the main body, railroad wrecking, and movements against the Edisto River line which started a pivot onto the railroad running north to Columbia. To the rear of the advance,Continue reading “Sherman’s March, February 9, 1865: Crossing the South Edisto, “The advantages of position were decidedly in our favor””

Sherman’s March, February 5, 1865: Three dead Federals and Mr. Trowell’s house in ashes

For the third day in a row, I’ll discuss the progress of Major-General William T. Sherman’s Great March and say there was not a lot of marching!  But for those at Sister’s Ferry 150 years ago today, the traffic jam was almost resolved: The Seventeenth Corps did no major marching on February 5, 1865.  ThoughContinue reading “Sherman’s March, February 5, 1865: Three dead Federals and Mr. Trowell’s house in ashes”