Sherman’s March, February 25, 1865: “a broad, turbulent, and rising river, road without bottom, raining almost constantly”

During the last week of February 1865, the forces marching with Major-General William T. Sherman passed through the area between the Piedmont and Sandhills landform regions.  This was somewhat the reverse of the passage made only ten days earlier – from Sandhills to Piedmont – before reaching Columbia. Parts of the Left Wing and theContinue reading “Sherman’s March, February 25, 1865: “a broad, turbulent, and rising river, road without bottom, raining almost constantly””

Sherman’s March, February 18, 1865: Hampton – “we might concentrate on one of his corps and destroy it”

Just as the Federals spent time around Millegeville, Georgia, in November, 1864,  to complete the demolition of facilities of military value, Major-General William T. Sherman ordered his subordinates to focus on facilities around Columbia, South Carolina on February 18, 1865.    This work fell predominately to the Right Wing of Major-General Oliver O. Howard.  Meanwhile theContinue reading “Sherman’s March, February 18, 1865: Hampton – “we might concentrate on one of his corps and destroy it””

Sherman’s March, February 8, 1865: Alabama vs. Alabama outside Williston; “Burn all Cotton”

For the men in Major-General William T. Sherman’s armies moving across South Carolina, February 8, 1865 was either a day of “close up” marching or railroad wrecking.  This is good because as the columns get closer to each other, I’ll be able to narrow down these maps to allow the readers better appreciate the detail!Continue reading “Sherman’s March, February 8, 1865: Alabama vs. Alabama outside Williston; “Burn all Cotton””