Sherman’s March, March 20, 1865: “I cannot see why he remains” – Second day at Bentonville

The first day in the battle of Bentonville had gone the Confederate’s way.  Knocking the Federal Left Wing on its heels, General Joseph E. Johnston’s attack came up short of eliminating that force… well short.  But Johnston launched his March 19, 1865 attack at long odds knowing a lot of luck was needed.  At theContinue reading “Sherman’s March, March 20, 1865: “I cannot see why he remains” – Second day at Bentonville”

Sherman’s March, March 18, 1865: Prelude to a storm

When two opposing armies come into close proximity, the most important piece of critical information the respective commanders require is the location of the enemy forces.  Cavalry and other intelligence gathering resources would be strained to gather such details.  General Joesph E. Johnston was straining his resources at this time 150 years ago.  At 10Continue reading “Sherman’s March, March 18, 1865: Prelude to a storm”

“They … could not believe there was any danger till it was upon them”: March 8, 1865, Wyse Fork

Although one of the largest engagements in North Carolina during the Civil War, the Battle of Wyse Fork is overshadowed by the larger battle of Bentonville.  Though some  some 120 miles northeast of Major-General William T. Sherman’s columns on March 8, 1865, Wyse Fork was a direct result of logistic needs for the Federals operatingContinue reading ““They … could not believe there was any danger till it was upon them”: March 8, 1865, Wyse Fork”