Sherman’s March, March 3, 1865: “We skirmished heavily, and drove them rapidly through Cheraw”

In the afternoon of March 3, 1865, Major-General William T. Sherman wrote to Major-General Oliver O. Howard, commanding the Right Wing, expressing both intent and concerns with the march. After relating the status of the Left Wing, Sherman urged Howard on to Cheraw and to effect a crossing of the PeeDee River.  After that, ShermanContinue reading “Sherman’s March, March 3, 1865: “We skirmished heavily, and drove them rapidly through Cheraw””

Sherman’s March, February 28, 1865: “I received this morning twenty of my prisoners in exchange”

High water continued to delay Major-General William T. Sherman’s march through South Carolina on February 28, 1865.  But through the efforts of the troops, bridging and corduroying, and the abating flood waters, the Federals made some progress. The Fifteenth Corps continued to build approaches to the bridges on Lynches River.  But none of the columnsContinue reading “Sherman’s March, February 28, 1865: “I received this morning twenty of my prisoners in exchange””

Sherman’s March, February 15, 1865: Crashing Congaree Creek

As his forces closed on Columbia, South Carolina, Major-General William T. Sherman had to avoid becoming “fixed” or otherwise committed.  The 60,000 man force, deep in enemy territory, had to keep moving in order to acquire provisions.  Furthermore, delays would allow the Confederates to catch up with the highly mobile Federal columns. Nearing a largeContinue reading “Sherman’s March, February 15, 1865: Crashing Congaree Creek”