Sherman’s March, March 9, 1865: “… this and the day following were two of the most tedious of the campaign.”

Considering this day – March 9 – as things occurred 150 years ago, Major-General Oliver O. Howard wrote: March 9, excepting the three days at Lynch’s Creek, this and the day following were two of the most tedious of the campaign.  The rain continued, and the roads grew worse and worse.  The soil seemed toContinue reading “Sherman’s March, March 9, 1865: “… this and the day following were two of the most tedious of the campaign.””

The Execution of James Miller and an end of “Death to all Foragers”?

As I mentioned in closing for the post earlier today, the execution of James Miller stands as one of the prominent events in the march through South Carolina.  As I thumb through the many histories of the campaign at my disposal, the only ones which fail to mention the execution are those works which onlyContinue reading “The Execution of James Miller and an end of “Death to all Foragers”?”

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”