Sherman’s March, February 9, 1865: Crossing the South Edisto, “The advantages of position were decidedly in our favor”

The journals and reports for Major-General William T. Sherman’s armies with respect to February 9, 1865 reflect three general activities – marches to catch up with the main body, railroad wrecking, and movements against the Edisto River line which started a pivot onto the railroad running north to Columbia. To the rear of the advance,Continue reading “Sherman’s March, February 9, 1865: Crossing the South Edisto, “The advantages of position were decidedly in our favor””

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””

Sherman’s March, February 6, 1865: “Burnwell” South Carolina

On February 6, 1865, the arrangement of Major-General William T. Sherman’s forces looked more like a pair of waves as opposed to two wings advancing in parallel.  Ten divisions – the Seventeenth Corps, three divisions of the Fifteenth Corps, two divisions of the Twentieth Corps, and the Cavalry Division – were pressing forward past theContinue reading “Sherman’s March, February 6, 1865: “Burnwell” South Carolina”