“I am strictly on the defensive”: Hardee and Davis consider arrangements to defend South Carolina

For Major-General William J. Hardee, commanding the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, the conclusion of the Savannah Campaign in December 1864 left one redeeming positive result – his field army escaped largely intact.  Granted, that “army” was little more than a corps in terms of manpower. But having at least a force inContinue reading ““I am strictly on the defensive”: Hardee and Davis consider arrangements to defend South Carolina”

“The rebels have driven off everything that they could….”: Ward’s reconnaissance into South Carolina

On December 30, 1864, Brigadier-General William T. Ward received orders to move his division, of the Twentieth Corps, across the Savannah River.  His mission was to reconnoiter the South Carolina side of the river and push back any Confederate pickets.  Ward was to push up the Union Causeway that weeks earlier had been the Confederate’sContinue reading ““The rebels have driven off everything that they could….”: Ward’s reconnaissance into South Carolina”