Sherman’s March, March 7, 1865: “try and keep the foragers from insulting families by word or rudeness”

In more ways than one, 150 years ago this day the campaign became the Carolinas Campaign.  March 7, 1865 was, for many in Major-General William T. Sherman’s marching columns, the last day spent in South Carolina.  By the end of the day, only the Right Wing camped short of the North Carolina border.  Writing toContinue reading “Sherman’s March, March 7, 1865: “try and keep the foragers from insulting families by word or rudeness””

Porter to Grant, January 3, 1865: “… never send a boy to do a man’s errand…”

On this day in 1865, Rear-Admiral David D. Porter, from his flagship USS Malvern, wrote Lieutenant-General Ulysses S. Grant to express his views concerning the failure to take Fort Fisher, North Carolina, and the possibilities for future operations: Dear General: I hold it to be a good rule never to send a boy on aContinue reading “Porter to Grant, January 3, 1865: “… never send a boy to do a man’s errand…””

Gorgas sends “Long Tom” to Wilmington

On January 5, 1864, Major-General W.H.C. Whiting wrote Colonel Josiah Gorgas, at the Confederate Ordnance Department, requesting assistance: Colonel Gorgas: My 30-pounder Parrott burst yesterday fighting the enemy at Lockwood’s Folly, killing 1 man and wounding officer in charge.  It was at third fire.  This is all the Parrott gun I have.  Hurry the others. Continue reading “Gorgas sends “Long Tom” to Wilmington”