Sherman’s March, February 1, 1865 (Part 1): Turning “supplies scarce” to “supplies abundant” by crossing the Savannah River

Back when I started daily postings to parallel, 150 years after the fact, Major-General William T. Sherman’s march through Georgia to Savannah, I’d given thought to continuing those for the march into the Carolinas.  A portion of that campaign relates to Charleston, of course.  And since postings concerning the 150ths related to Charleston is myContinue reading “Sherman’s March, February 1, 1865 (Part 1): Turning “supplies scarce” to “supplies abundant” by crossing the Savannah River”

January 29, 1865: D.H. Hill complains “There is something terribly wrong in our cavalry organization”

Major-General Daniel Harvey Hill was well known for his acerbic personality.  In the winter of 1865, Hill commanded the Confederate force defending Augusta, Georgia.  Hill could not keep idle in the face of a perceived problem.  On January 29, 1865, the problem Hill perceived was the performance of the cavalry.  That morning he sent aContinue reading “January 29, 1865: D.H. Hill complains “There is something terribly wrong in our cavalry organization””

“General Lee moved up the river from this point nearly to Ebenezer Creek…”: Federal joint operations on the Savannah River, January 1865

The roots of the Naval War College and our modern joint warfare training come from an obscure, often overlooked operation on the Savannah River in January 1865. The operation featured the unlikely situation where a Federal steamer named “General Robert E. Lee” linked up with forces under the command of Major-General Jefferson C. Davis.