Author Archives: Allen Gathman

January 17, 1865: Borrowing troops from the Army of the Tennessee?

I couldn’t follow everything about this exchange from what was in the official records, but apparently Beauregard and others agree that the Army of the Tennessee needs to be reorganized — not surprising, since it was pretty much destroyed by … Continue reading

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January 16, 1865: Sherman’s coming

Hardee and his troops report Sherman’s forces advancing into South Carolina. Official Records: MONTGOMERY, ALA., January 16, 1865. General G. T. BEAUREGARD, Tupelo, Miss.: General Hardee reports on 14th instant enemy in heavy force advancing from Beaufort, by Port Royal … Continue reading

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January 15, 1865: Sherman’s mild policies in Savannah

The New York Times runs a report from a Charleston paper about the situation at Savannah. Even in Charleston, they admit that he hasn’t been harsh to them. Of course, the poor deluded blacks have come to their senses and … Continue reading

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January 14, 1865: Protecting commerce in Savannah

Sherman takes steps to protect the local markets and the nascent reconstruction of the local government. Official Records: SPECIAL HDQRS. MIL. DIV. OF THE MISSISSIPPI, FIELD ORDERS, In the Field, Savannah, Ga., Numbers 12. January 14, 1865. It being represented … Continue reading

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January 13, 1865: Lunacy

As we’ve seen, late in the war proposals were made in several venues that slaves should be enlisted to take up arms for the Confederacy, in return for the promise of freedom. What did the editor of the Charleston Mercury, … Continue reading

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January 12, 1865: Sherman on “Sambo”

As we’ve seen, Halleck wrote to Sherman to caution him about public perceptions of his attitude toward blacks. Here Sherman replies that it was Jeff C. Davis who turned the ex-slaves back at Ebenezer Creek, and he just needed his … Continue reading

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January 12, 1865: Freemen in Savannah

Secretary of War Stanton came down to Savannah, and he met with a group of black leaders to discuss with them what they wanted for their people. He took the opportunity to ask them how Sherman had treated them, as … Continue reading

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January 11, 1865: Good plan, Hardee

Hardee explained to Davis a few days ago (see link below) that he was capable only of defending Charleston against Sherman, and even that only if he could get some more troops. Here Davis responds that this plan will work … Continue reading

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January 10, 1865: Defending the Stono

The engineers in South Carolina discuss how they might defend against a crossing of the Stono river from the south. Official Records: OFFICE OF CHIEF ENGINEER, DEPT. OF SOUTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA, AND FLORIDA, Charleston, S. C, January 10, 1865. Major … Continue reading

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January 9, 1865: Jeff Davis micromanages the cavalry

In case there was any doubt about President Davis’ tendency to micromanage military affairs, here’s a series of dispatches between him and Hardee about the cavalry. RICHMOND, VA., January 7, 1865. General W. J. HARDEE, Charleston, S. C.: You will … Continue reading

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