Sherman’s March, February 27, 1865: “I cannot dry up the river…” as floods continue to delay the march

Most days, as I draw the maps showing the route of march, I’ll have long blue lines running from point to point.  Today, you see none of that.  On February 27, 1865, all of Major-General William T. Sherman’s columns slowed and waited for the flood waters to fall. For the day, Major-General Oliver O. Howard’sContinue reading “Sherman’s March, February 27, 1865: “I cannot dry up the river…” as floods continue to delay the march”

February 9, 1865: Changes in the Department of the South – Foster out, Gillmore back in command

The change of command had been forecast weeks before.  But the switch was made official on February 9, 1865.  Major-General John Foster issued General Orders No. 15 for the Department of the South from Hilton Head that day: Having been granted a leave of absence, on account of disability from wounds, I hereby transfer theContinue reading “February 9, 1865: Changes in the Department of the South – Foster out, Gillmore back in command”

Sherman’s March, February 7, 1865: The South Carolina Railroad falls to Sherman

Thus far into the narrative discussing Major-General William T. Sherman’s march into South Carolina, one major factor which played into the Savannah Campaign had not been much importance.  That would be the railroads.  Other than the Charleston & Savannah Railroad along the coast, the Federal advance encountered no lines. That is until February 7, 1865. Continue reading “Sherman’s March, February 7, 1865: The South Carolina Railroad falls to Sherman”