Sherman’s March, April 12, 1865: “A little more labor, a little more toil on our part, the great race is won”

On April 12, 1865, a telegram from Lieutenant-General Ulysses S. Grant arrived to inform Major-General William T. Sherman about General Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox.  Sherman congratulated Grant and added, “The terms you have given Lee are magnanimous and liberal.  Should Johnston follow Lee’s example I shall of course grant the same.” As Sherman’sContinue reading “Sherman’s March, April 12, 1865: “A little more labor, a little more toil on our part, the great race is won””

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, March 18, 1865: Prelude to a storm

When two opposing armies come into close proximity, the most important piece of critical information the respective commanders require is the location of the enemy forces.  Cavalry and other intelligence gathering resources would be strained to gather such details.  General Joesph E. Johnston was straining his resources at this time 150 years ago.  At 10Continue reading “Sherman’s March, March 18, 1865: Prelude to a storm”