Sherman’s March, February 22, 1865: Another easy river crossing; Retaliation threats for murdered prisoners

By February 22, 1865, Major-General William T. Sherman’s forces had crossed five large rivers in the march across South Carolina – Salkehatchie, South and North Forks of the Edisto, Saluda, and Broad Rivers.  And this is not counting the smaller streams along the way.  Thus far, only at the first, at Rivers’ Bridge, did theContinue reading “Sherman’s March, February 22, 1865: Another easy river crossing; Retaliation threats for murdered prisoners”

Sherman’s March, February 21, 1865: “Winnsborough is a pretty town”

At the three week mark in the march through South Carolina, Major-General William T. Sherman’s columns were well into South Carolina.  Although contact skirmishing occurred each day during the march, after Columbia the Confederate forces were ill-arranged to pose serious impediments to Sherman’s movements.  Thus, the Federal march orders and daily reports focused on waypointsContinue reading “Sherman’s March, February 21, 1865: “Winnsborough is a pretty town””

Sherman’s March, February 20, 1865: Howard instructs – “These outrages must be stopped at all hazards”

For a few days in late February 1865, Major-General William T. Sherman’s march through South Carolina seemed much more an administrative movement than a military operation.  Movement orders were cut.  The troops started each morning at the appointed time.  Foragers went out.  And guards remained alert.  But the Confederates did little to contest these movements.Continue reading “Sherman’s March, February 20, 1865: Howard instructs – “These outrages must be stopped at all hazards””