End of March 1865 – Lee’s Confederacy, where the war would be decided

General Robert E. Lee spent his first winter in command of the Army of Northern Virginia confronting the Federals along the Rappahannock River.  For support, in theory if not in very efficient practice, he could call upon the resources of the Confederacy from as far away as Mississippi, if not beyond to the Rio Grande.Continue reading “End of March 1865 – Lee’s Confederacy, where the war would be decided”

“We can hardly expect the first through line can be repaired before the middle of February”: Fixing Georgia’s wrecked railroads

On January 3, 1865, Major-General Jeremy F. Glimer, Chief of the Confederate Engineer Bureau, provided an update on the progress of repairs to railroads damaged during the Savannah Campaign.  Addressed to the Secretary of War, James Seddon, the report broke out the status of important rail lines through Georgia: I have the honor to reportContinue reading ““We can hardly expect the first through line can be repaired before the middle of February”: Fixing Georgia’s wrecked railroads”

150 years ago: Delays due to delivery of corn and transportation of prisoners

The Confederate Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida had a new commander at the close of April 1864.  Gone was General P.G.T. Beauregard.  Now Major-General Samuel Jones had command. But while the command changed, from the perspective of those in Richmond, some problems persisted – namely delays moving troops to reinforce the Army ofContinue reading “150 years ago: Delays due to delivery of corn and transportation of prisoners”