January 8, 1865: Logan returns to command and Osterhaus takes a deserved vacation

Two of my favorite corps-level commanders of the Civil War are Major-Generals John A. Logan and Peter Osterhaus.  Both men complied enviable records during the war, particularly on the field of battle.  And both men are associated with the Fifteenth Army Corps, Army of the Tennessee – or if you prefer, Major-General William T. Sherman’sContinue reading “January 8, 1865: Logan returns to command and Osterhaus takes a deserved vacation”

“The line of march will be blazed with a cross”: Osterhaus orders signs for the Fifteenth Corps line of march

During the march across Georgia, a problem which Federal commanders dealt with on a daily basis was traffic control.  Sounds simple, but just keeping the regiments and wagon trains on the right road was a critical task.  Given the bad roads and poor maps, a mistake at a crossroad might delay a column for aContinue reading ““The line of march will be blazed with a cross”: Osterhaus orders signs for the Fifteenth Corps line of march”

Savannah’s Siege, December 20, 1864: “The noise of the retreating enemy could plainly be heard”

For Lieutenant-General William Hardee, December 20, 1864 was a day of anticipation.  Had the pontoon bridge across the Savannah River been ready before dusk the day before, he would have started the evacuation of Savannah.  Instead, he looked to keep up the appearances of holding the city for just one more day and then evacuateContinue reading “Savannah’s Siege, December 20, 1864: “The noise of the retreating enemy could plainly be heard””