Marching Through Georgia, December 1, 1864: Marching on Millen, giving fight to Wheeler

On the first day of December 1864, Major-General William T. Sherman pushed his armies on the next leg of the march toward Savannah.  Millen was the next major waypoint.  The previous day he’d sent orders to the Right Wing commander, Major-General Oliver O. Howard, instructing the Fifteenth Corps to remain on the south side ofContinue reading “Marching Through Georgia, December 1, 1864: Marching on Millen, giving fight to Wheeler”

Riding Through Georgia, November 27, 1864: Kilpatrick and Wheeler fight along Brushy Creek

I know… I’m supposed to be following the artillery, but the cavalry actions on the March to the Sea need to get their due!  Yesterday I discussed the movements that brought Brigadier-General H. Judson Kilpatrick’s Division and Maj0r-General Wheeler’s Cavarly Corps off to the north of the main Federal line of march.  Wheeler, thinking KilpatrickContinue reading “Riding Through Georgia, November 27, 1864: Kilpatrick and Wheeler fight along Brushy Creek”

Marching Through Georgia, November 26, 1864: “A Rapid Ride to Millen” by the Cavalry

Often the discussion of cavalry operations during the March to the Sea begins with “Kill-cavalry again?” and ends somewhere with references to silver platters.  The real story is a bit more complex.  During portions of the campaign, Brigadier-General H. Judson Kilpatrick’s division provided security for the two wings of the march.  At other times, Kilpatrick’sContinue reading “Marching Through Georgia, November 26, 1864: “A Rapid Ride to Millen” by the Cavalry”