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October 21, 1864: Hood’s political failure

The New York Times reports that Hood’s offense was planned to bolster the Northern peace party. It doesn’t seem to be working. HOOD’S POLITICAL FAILURE. Published: October 21, 1864 – It seems that the present, or rather the late offensive … Continue reading

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October 20, 1864: Proclamation of a day of Thanksgiving

Lincoln fixes the date of Thanksgiving as a national celebration — at least for those parts of the nation that were listening to him. PROCLAMATION OF THANKSGIVING, OCTOBER 20, 1864. BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: A … Continue reading

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October 20, 1864: Foraging instructions.

Instructions from one of Sherman’s foragers on how to do it properly. Official Records: HDQRS. THIRD Brigadier, FIRST DIV., 20TH ARMY CORPS, Atlanta, Ga., October 20, 1864. Lieutenant Colonel H. W. PERKINS, Assistant Adjutant-General. SIR: In compliance with request of … Continue reading

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October 19, 1864: The purpose of Sherman’s March

Sherman explains his plans to Halleck. Hood is going to Blue Mountain, at the end of the Selma and Talladega road (surely that should be a fast road to travel). Meanwhile, Sherman will destroy the rail line from Chattanooga to … Continue reading

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October 19, 1864: Body parts

New York Times In case you thought that grisly crimes were a modern development, here’s one from 150 years ago. THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER.; Discovery of the Head Belonging to the Dissevered Parts A Pistol Shot Found in the Right Temple … Continue reading

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October 18, 1864: Hood’s not a big deal.

The New York Times reprints a dispatch from Charles Dana, explaining that Hood hasn’t really done that much damage to the railorads. Meanwhile the union cavalry has got the best of Mosby. WAR DEPARTMENT, WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 — 9:40 P.M. … Continue reading

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October 17, 1864: Is Sherman editing the rebel papers?

The New York Times editor is a fan of Sherman’s, apparently. Here he writes a tongue-in-cheek piece where he speculates that Sherman must be putting his own ideas into the Confederate newspapers, as they all seem to clamor for Hood … Continue reading

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October 16, 1864: Sherman pursuing Hood, but where?

It seems that Hood is heading west, though information is spotty. Sherman sums it up: ” I am pushing straight for Hood wherever he may be.” NASHVILLE, TENN., October 16, 1864 – 10 p. m. [OR 79:310] (Received 17th.) Lieutenant-General … Continue reading

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October 15, 1864: Communication tough in Georgia — Where’s Hood?

The New York Times reports that Dalton was taken by Hood. Meanwhile, Thomas and Sherman are separated from each other due to the rebel attacks on the supply line. They aren’t sure what Hood is doing, though the suspicion is … Continue reading

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October 14, 1864: Hood at Tunnel Hill

Hood is still harassing Sherman’s supply lines, having briefly taken Dalton and Resaca, and his men are tearing up railroad track. Official Records 79:269 THREE MILES FROM DALTON, October 14, 1864. Brigadier-General McCOOK, Resaca: GENERAL: The courier I first sent … Continue reading

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