Driving Dixie Down: Stoneman descends upon the North Piedmont Railraod, April 11-13, 1865

Consider again my map of General Joseph E. Johnston’s area of control, generally speaking, as of April 10, 1865: Two railroads were the arteries which served Johnston in the closing weeks of the war – the North Carolina Railroad, providing a link from Greensboro to Raleigh, and the North Piedmont Railroad, from Salisbury to DanvilleContinue reading “Driving Dixie Down: Stoneman descends upon the North Piedmont Railraod, April 11-13, 1865”

150 years ago: “…we have an insufficient number of guns.”

In report to Richmond on this day (April 18) in 1863 Lieutenant-General John C. Pemberton, wrote frankly about the status of his defense of Vicksburg: Jackson, April 18, 1863. President Jefferson Davis: The passage of batteries at Vicksburg by a large number of enemy’s vessels on night of [16th] shows conclusively that we have anContinue reading “150 years ago: “…we have an insufficient number of guns.””

150 Years Ago: Beauregard asks “Where are my requisitions for heavy guns?”

We often encounter times when, in the course of any endeavor, a shortage of resources impedes progress.  If part of a large organization, rounds of coordination occur.  Often the conversation centers on establishing some simple facts – What was requested? When was it requested?  Were is it now? In military operations such resource inquiries occurContinue reading “150 Years Ago: Beauregard asks “Where are my requisitions for heavy guns?””