Sherman’s March, February 11, 1865: Kilpatrick’s defeat at Aiken translates Federal success

Mention Major-General H. Judson Kilpatrick in some circles, and you spark some harsh words.  “Kill Cavalry” they say, was just a self-centered, no-good scoundrel.  Hard to find any counterweight to redeem Kilpatrick.  By most measures, February 11, 1865 was a defeat for Kilpatrick and his command.  But that defeat, on the battlefield at Aiken, SouthContinue reading “Sherman’s March, February 11, 1865: Kilpatrick’s defeat at Aiken translates Federal success”

November 28, 1864: Kilpatrick and Wheeler dance again – Battle of Buck Head Creek

The cavalry actions along Brushy Creek on November 27, 1864 were but a preface for the main act that played out the next day.  Brigadier-General H. Judson Kilpatrick had accomplished some of his mission with the destruction of railroad lines leading to Augusta, though he failed to complete the destruction of the bridge over BrierContinue reading “November 28, 1864: Kilpatrick and Wheeler dance again – Battle of Buck Head Creek”

Riding Through Georgia, November 27, 1864: Kilpatrick and Wheeler fight along Brushy Creek

I know… I’m supposed to be following the artillery, but the cavalry actions on the March to the Sea need to get their due!  Yesterday I discussed the movements that brought Brigadier-General H. Judson Kilpatrick’s Division and Maj0r-General Wheeler’s Cavarly Corps off to the north of the main Federal line of march.  Wheeler, thinking KilpatrickContinue reading “Riding Through Georgia, November 27, 1864: Kilpatrick and Wheeler fight along Brushy Creek”