“They … could not believe there was any danger till it was upon them”: March 8, 1865, Wyse Fork

Although one of the largest engagements in North Carolina during the Civil War, the Battle of Wyse Fork is overshadowed by the larger battle of Bentonville.  Though some  some 120 miles northeast of Major-General William T. Sherman’s columns on March 8, 1865, Wyse Fork was a direct result of logistic needs for the Federals operatingContinue reading ““They … could not believe there was any danger till it was upon them”: March 8, 1865, Wyse Fork”

Sherman’s March, March 8, 1865: “marched twenty miles through piney woods” as the Fourteenth Corps catches up

The weather always seemed to dog Major-General William T. Sherman’s march through the Carolinas harder than the Confederates.  From the first days of January all the way through March, rains and floods periodically threatened to strand Sherman’s campaign.  On March 8, 1865, the rains came again. While some columns reported an impact, others posted significantContinue reading “Sherman’s March, March 8, 1865: “marched twenty miles through piney woods” as the Fourteenth Corps catches up”