Sherman’s March, March 10, 1865: “After great labor by the whole command in corduroying the entire way” to work out of the mud

If Major-General William T. Sherman’s troops had a newsletter during the Carolinas Campaign, the headlines for March 10, 1865 might have read: “Half the army stuck in the mud” and “Cavalry chief caught snuggling,” along with “Mail just a day away at Fayetteville” and “Johnston expected to fight for town.”  Maybe, if outside news slippedContinue reading “Sherman’s March, March 10, 1865: “After great labor by the whole command in corduroying the entire way” to work out of the mud”

Sherman’s March, March 2, 1865: “To be shot to death in retaliation for the murder of Private R. M. Woodruff”

During the first days of March, 1865, Major-General William T. Sherman expressed some concern about Confederate concentrations in front of his force.  During the last days of February, Sherman’s columns were at a standstill as they dealt with flooded rivers. Orders to the Right Wing commander, Major-General Oliver O. Howard, during that time were toContinue reading “Sherman’s March, March 2, 1865: “To be shot to death in retaliation for the murder of Private R. M. Woodruff””

Sherman’s March, March 1, 1865: “making a march of full twenty miles” out of the flooded sand hills

For the better part of five days at the end of February 1865, heavy rains, mud, and flooded rivers stalled Major-General William T. Sherman’s advance.  Aside from the defenses of Savannah, nothing had delayed Sherman’s progress as the Catawba and Lynches Rivers.  And for one additional day, the situation at Tiller’s and Kelly’s Bridges wouldContinue reading “Sherman’s March, March 1, 1865: “making a march of full twenty miles” out of the flooded sand hills”