Sherman’s March, March 24, 1865: The armies close on Goldsboro, commanders reflect on the achievement

I’m going to offer up a map showing the movements for March 24, 1865, but only to support the short summary offered: For the 24th, the Left Wing went into position on the west and north of Goldsboro.  The Right Wing, moving on two roads and crossing on two pontoon bridges, reached camps to theContinue reading “Sherman’s March, March 24, 1865: The armies close on Goldsboro, commanders reflect on the achievement”

Sherman’s March, February 11, 1865: Kilpatrick’s defeat at Aiken translates Federal success

Mention Major-General H. Judson Kilpatrick in some circles, and you spark some harsh words.  “Kill Cavalry” they say, was just a self-centered, no-good scoundrel.  Hard to find any counterweight to redeem Kilpatrick.  By most measures, February 11, 1865 was a defeat for Kilpatrick and his command.  But that defeat, on the battlefield at Aiken, SouthContinue reading “Sherman’s March, February 11, 1865: Kilpatrick’s defeat at Aiken translates Federal success”

Sacking Liberty County: “I pray not for revenge upon you, but I pray daily for deliverance from you”

Of all the areas visited by Major-General William T. Sherman’s armies on the March to the Sea (save perhaps Atlanta itself) Liberty County, Georgia had the worst experience. While other places along the march experienced “Yankees” for at most a few days, the foragers remained in Liberty County for nearly two months – from theContinue reading “Sacking Liberty County: “I pray not for revenge upon you, but I pray daily for deliverance from you””