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”

Sherman’s March, February 26, 1865: “I cannot cross this stream…until the water subsides”

Since the start of the march into South Carolina in February 1865, Confederate leaders from Augusta to Richmond had cast plans which depended upon some delay imposed upon Major-General William T. Sherman’s advance.  Through most of February, the Federals maneuvered around and through military obstacles thrown in their way.  And the Confederate forces moved slowly,Continue reading “Sherman’s March, February 26, 1865: “I cannot cross this stream…until the water subsides””

Sherman’s March, February 24, 1865: “The rain and bad roads had prevented the complete accomplishment of each order of march”

On February 24, 1865, General Mud came to the aid of the Confederacy.  What had been a relatively incident free crossing of the Wateree-Catawba Rivers became the most difficult maneuver of Major-General William T. Sherman’s march through South Carolina. Major-General Oliver O. Howard summarized the difficulty for the Right Wing that day: Before General BlairContinue reading “Sherman’s March, February 24, 1865: “The rain and bad roads had prevented the complete accomplishment of each order of march””