Sherman’s March, March 12, 1865: A day of “partial rest” at Fayetteville

The arrival of Major-General William T. Sherman’s in Fayetteville earned the soldiers a well-earned break from days of hard marching and difficult work on the muddy roads.  But saying “break” is not to say the soldiers would lounge around doing nothing.  Sherman had tasks to complete while in Fayetteville. Many of which would setup theContinue reading “Sherman’s March, March 12, 1865: A day of “partial rest” at Fayetteville”

“I had saved from pillage the home of a confederate”: Buffalo Bill and the civilian experience during Price’s campaign

Since I brought up Buffalo Bill’s experiences during Major-General Sterling Price’s 1864 Campaign, let me offer up the second vignette from his autobiography: Another interesting and I may say exciting episode happened to me a day or two after my unexpected meeting with Wild Bill.  I was riding with the advance guard of our army,Continue reading ““I had saved from pillage the home of a confederate”: Buffalo Bill and the civilian experience during Price’s campaign”

“The veteran condition of your troops would justify a material reduction in the number of guns.”: Barry starting the Atlanta Campaign

Recall back in the winter of 1864 our diarist Colonel Charles S. Wainwright lamented the re-assignment of Brigadier-General William F. Barry to the west.  Barry figures importantly for anyone looking at the Federal artillery arm. Having organized the Army of the Potomac’s artillery early in the war, he then served in Washington as the inspectorContinue reading ““The veteran condition of your troops would justify a material reduction in the number of guns.”: Barry starting the Atlanta Campaign”