Marching Through Georgia, November 23, 1864: Missed opportunity

November 23, 1864 was a clear, but still bitterly cold, day in Georgia.  In contrast to earlier days, the Federal advance was not quite as great.  Portions of the Left Wing remained in camps most of the day while tending to tasks around Milledgeville.  On the Right Wing, the column closed up as the trainsContinue reading “Marching Through Georgia, November 23, 1864: Missed opportunity”

Confederate forces opposing Sherman’s March, November 1864

Earlier I broke down the organization of Major-General William T. Sherman’s force used on the March to the Sea, at least down to the division level.  While interesting, in regard to the varied experiences (eastern and western theaters) of the leaders, the Federal order of battle is rather easy to track.  It was unified underContinue reading “Confederate forces opposing Sherman’s March, November 1864”

“The troops in Virginia and Tennessee have generally built [forts]…”: Slave labor for seacoast forts

Last month, while discussing the issues facing the Charleston defenders, I mentioned the shortage of labor needed to build the defenses. General P.G.T. Beauregard and other military officials complained the planters failed to supply the numbers required to complete the works. Often when interpreting this particular issue, we bring up the irony that in orderContinue reading ““The troops in Virginia and Tennessee have generally built [forts]…”: Slave labor for seacoast forts”