Sherman’s March, March 20, 1865: “I cannot see why he remains” – Second day at Bentonville

The first day in the battle of Bentonville had gone the Confederate’s way.  Knocking the Federal Left Wing on its heels, General Joseph E. Johnston’s attack came up short of eliminating that force… well short.  But Johnston launched his March 19, 1865 attack at long odds knowing a lot of luck was needed.  At theContinue reading “Sherman’s March, March 20, 1865: “I cannot see why he remains” – Second day at Bentonville”

Sherman’s March, March 16, 1865: Averasborough and lost time for Sherman’s march

After evacuating Fayetteville, Lieutenant-General William Hardee setup a defensive position north of the city along the road to Raleigh.  Hardee’s line had flanks protected by the Cape Fear and Black Rivers, where the two were just a couple miles apart and through which the plank road to Raleigh passed. The line, actually a defense inContinue reading “Sherman’s March, March 16, 1865: Averasborough and lost time for Sherman’s march”

Sherman’s March, March 15, 1865: In light marching order, the Federals advance out of Fayetteville

The 15th of March 1865 was the day designated by Major-General William T. Sherman for the lead columns of his army group to move out on the roads from Fayetteville.  “Light march order” was the formation for a third of the force.  Sherman expected trouble on the roads ahead.  And the men didn’t march farContinue reading “Sherman’s March, March 15, 1865: In light marching order, the Federals advance out of Fayetteville”