Author Archives: Allen Gathman

April 8, 1865: Sherman and Grant plan the end

Sherman, having finally heard from Grant after the fall of Richmond, repeats his plans in detail. He will pursue Johnston, with Grant pursuing Lee, hoping to push them together and corner them. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, … Continue reading

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April 7, 1865: Sherman’s plan

Sherman’s heading for Raleigh. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Goldsborough, N. C., April 7, 1865. Major General H. W. HALLECK, Chief of Staff, Washington, D. C.: GENERAL: I have the honor herewith to send … Continue reading

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April 6, 1865: Grant and Sherman starting to get in touch

Joe Johnston ********************************************************** Grant and Sherman still don’t really have communications established. Sherman finally got the news about the fall of Richmond. Grant’s telling him to “push Johnston”, and fortunately that’s what Sherman plans to do anyway until he hears … Continue reading

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April 5, 1865: Sherman still wondering what’s happening

Apparently the dispatches from Grant haven’t gotten to Sherman’s army yet. Howard wonders what’s going on at Richmond. Official Records: HEADUARTERS ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE, New Berne, April 5, 1865. COMMANDING OFFICER, Morehead City: Please inform me what news there … Continue reading

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April 4, 1865: Grant’s master plan taking effect

The New York Times muses on the combination of simultaneous movements on various fronts that ultimately resulted in the fall of Richmond. GRANT’S PLANS. Published: April 4, 1865 -We have no doubt whatever that at the remarkable council at City … Continue reading

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April 3, 1865: Grant to Sherman — “This army has now won a most decisive victory.”

Grant tells Sherman about the fall of Richmond. Official Records: SUTHERLAND’S STATION, SOUTH SIDE RAILROAD, April 3, 1865. Major General W. T. SHERMAN, Commanding Military Division of the Mississippi: GENERAL: The movements of which I spoke to you when you … Continue reading

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April 2, 1865: Freedmen’s National Bank

Investors organize the Freedmen’s National Bank, which is destined to have a colorful history. New York Times Dispatches to the Associated Press.; A FREEDMEN’S NATIONAL BANK. Published: April 3, 1865 WASHINGTON, Sunday, April 2. Several days ago, a dozen colored … Continue reading

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April 1, 1865: The Richmond Daily Dispatch scoffs

The Richmond Daily Dispatch can hear the cannons from the battle, but they don’t believe there’s really an attack going on. This is the last issue they’ll put out until December. The News. The Richmond and Petersburg lines. All continues, … Continue reading

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March 31, 1865: A letter about arming the slaves

Images of a black Union soldier suggest a problem with this scheme. ************************************************* The New York Times publishes a captured letter a Tennessean in 1863, advocating the arming of slaves. The writer, who is left anonymous, feels that it’s not … Continue reading

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March 30, 1865: Beecher wants to go to Charleston

The prominent abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher is anxious to go to Charleston for the planned celebration of the recapture of Fort Sumter. It’s a big occasion, and he seems a bit impatient with the Secretary of War for not getting … Continue reading

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