“With these changes this army will be a unit in all respects”: Sherman organizes for his march on Atlanta

On this day (April 2) in 1864, Major-General William T. Sherman wrote Lieutenant-General U.S. Grant seeking approval for organizational changes in his department, in front of preparations for the spring campaign season: Hdqrs. Military Division of the Mississippi, Nashville, Tenn., April 2, 1864. (Received 6 p.m.) Lieut. Gen. U.S. Grant, Washington, D.C.: After a fullContinue reading ““With these changes this army will be a unit in all respects”: Sherman organizes for his march on Atlanta”

Meade submits the reorganization plan: Army of the Potomac down to three corps

On this day (March 4) in 1864, Major-General George Meade submitted this request to Army Headquarters in Washington: Washington, D.C., March 4, 1864. Maj. Gen. H. W. Halleck, General-in- Chief: Sir: I beg leave to submit for your consideration and that of the honorable Secretary of War the following plan for the reorganization of theContinue reading “Meade submits the reorganization plan: Army of the Potomac down to three corps”

Wainwright’s Diary, March 3, 1864: “Unless Kilpatrick attempts something rash.”

One way to look at the Army of the Potomac’s winter camp of 1864 was not so much a “camp” but a series of rests between demonstrations and raids.  Be it the demonstration at Morton’s Ford or the Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid (of which Brigadier-General George A. Custer’s demonstration was a part), some activity kept the armyContinue reading “Wainwright’s Diary, March 3, 1864: “Unless Kilpatrick attempts something rash.””