Sherman’s March, March 19, 1865: A battle begins at Bentonville

For the Federals on the march, the Carolinas Campaign had, by the second half of March 1865, taken on a daily cycle.  Between major objectives – Columbia, Cheraw, Fayetteville – the days started with foragers departing to both scout ahead and gather supplies.  The designated lead division for the day would form and march outContinue reading “Sherman’s March, March 19, 1865: A battle begins at Bentonville”

Sherman’s March, February 15, 1865: Crashing Congaree Creek

As his forces closed on Columbia, South Carolina, Major-General William T. Sherman had to avoid becoming “fixed” or otherwise committed.  The 60,000 man force, deep in enemy territory, had to keep moving in order to acquire provisions.  Furthermore, delays would allow the Confederates to catch up with the highly mobile Federal columns. Nearing a largeContinue reading “Sherman’s March, February 15, 1865: Crashing Congaree Creek”

Sherman’s March, February 10, 1865: “No better opportunity ever offered to break Wheeler up”

February 10, 1865 was not a day of great advances for Major-General William T. Sherman’s command.  The armies closed up, completed destruction of a railroad, and positioned for the next phase of the march.  From the perspective of 150 years, the activities of this day well demonstrate against the myths of Sherman’s passage through theContinue reading “Sherman’s March, February 10, 1865: “No better opportunity ever offered to break Wheeler up””