Sherman’s Lieutenants on the March to the Sea

As mentioned earlier, my intent is to do “something” here on the blog with a focus on Major-General William T. Sherman’s “March to the Sea” in relation to the 150th events.  For starters, it’s a 150th that, due to several factors, may not get much attention on the ground.  Dropping some of the baggage aside,Continue reading “Sherman’s Lieutenants on the March to the Sea”

“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”

No amount of energy will move a sand-bar: Sherman reinforcing Chattanooga

Earlier I recalled the difficulties and success experienced moving two corps by railroad from Virginia to reinforce the Army of the Cumberland at Chattanooga.  But these were not the only forces pushed forward to aid that besieged point.  Even before the battle of Chickamauga, Major-General Henry Halleck ordered troops from Major-General U.S. Grant’s command inContinue reading “No amount of energy will move a sand-bar: Sherman reinforcing Chattanooga”