Savannah’s Siege, December 19, 1864: “await orders for the attack” Sherman says

One of the hardest missions a military formation can perform is a withdrawal across a river in close contact with the enemy.  Such was the task for Lieutenant-General William Hardee on December 19, 1864.  As he and General P.G.T. Beauregard had already made the decision to evacuate the Savannah garrison.  They set the trigger forContinue reading “Savannah’s Siege, December 19, 1864: “await orders for the attack” Sherman says”

Sacking Liberty County: “I pray not for revenge upon you, but I pray daily for deliverance from you”

Of all the areas visited by Major-General William T. Sherman’s armies on the March to the Sea (save perhaps Atlanta itself) Liberty County, Georgia had the worst experience. While other places along the march experienced “Yankees” for at most a few days, the foragers remained in Liberty County for nearly two months – from theContinue reading “Sacking Liberty County: “I pray not for revenge upon you, but I pray daily for deliverance from you””

Savannah’s Siege, December 18, 1864: “90 or 100 men, in small boats, to effect a lodgement”

Over the last couple of days, posts have focused at the operational, or theater, level to show the implications of orders coming down from Washington and Richmond.  While that was occurring, the tactical situation remained somewhat static.  But with some notable exceptions.  Let me run through those dispositions and movements for December 16 through 18,Continue reading “Savannah’s Siege, December 18, 1864: “90 or 100 men, in small boats, to effect a lodgement””