Sherman’s March, February 16, 1865: “I instructed him not to fire any more into”… Columbia

If you ask me, Battery H, 1st Illinois Light Artillery should be among the most recognized artillery formations of the Civil War. The battery served in many important campaigns of the war and played critical roles in several major battles.  Armed with 20-pdr Parrott guns, this volunteer battery saw action at Shiloh (those big gunsContinue reading “Sherman’s March, February 16, 1865: “I instructed him not to fire any more into”… Columbia”

Sherman’s March, February 12, 1865: Three bridgeheads on the North Edisto River

As the middle of February 1865 came, Major-General William T. Sherman’s columns were well into South Carolina.  The Federals were reaching out towards Columbia.  To counter that reach, the Confederates needed time to concentrate forces.  Two corps… in name at least… were at or nearing Augusta.  Geography favored the Confederates in that regard.  The roadsContinue reading “Sherman’s March, February 12, 1865: Three bridgeheads on the North Edisto River”

Sherman’s March, February 4, 1865: A missed opportunity for the Confederates?

The map showing Major-General William T. Sherman’s movements for February 4, 1865 does not offer a lot of “arrows”: As with the previous day, delays getting the Left Wing across the Savannah River caused the Right Wing to slow down on February 4.  But on the positive, Major-General Henry Slocum’s wing finally had a corduroyed,Continue reading “Sherman’s March, February 4, 1865: A missed opportunity for the Confederates?”