Marching Through Georgia, December 6, 1864: A dash for the bridges over the Ogeechee

In yesterday’s post, I quoted Major-General William T. Sherman’s assessment and instructions to Major-General Oliver O. Howard, sent in the afternoon of December 5, 1864.  Sherman sat high importance on closing up the marching columns before reaching the outskirts of Savannah.  This meant delaying the Right Wing somewhat, as the Left wheeled.  But that ensuredContinue reading “Marching Through Georgia, December 6, 1864: A dash for the bridges over the Ogeechee”

December 4, 1864: Kilpatrick “whipped Wheeler soundly” at Waynesboro

Before daylight on December 4, 1864, Federal cavalrymen were up and moving.  Events and issued orders of the previous day set had set the stage for a cavalry battle.  The combined column of Brigadier-General Absalom Baird’s infantry division and Brigadier-General H. Judson Kilpatrick’s cavalry had spent the night in a defensive position around Thomas’ Station. Continue reading “December 4, 1864: Kilpatrick “whipped Wheeler soundly” at Waynesboro”