Author Archives: Allen Gathman

February 24, 1865: Sherman to Wade Hampton

Wade Hampton ********************************************** Sherman puts Wade Hampton, commander of the rebel cavalry, on notice that he will retaliate for killing of foragers. HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, February 24, 1865. Lieutenant General WADE HAMPTON, Commanding Cavalry … Continue reading

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February 24, 1865: Hazen takes Camden

Gen. Hazen reports on his capture of the town of Camden. Official Records: HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Kelly’s Bridge, S. C., February 26, 1865. Major MAX. WOODHULL, Assistant Adjutant-General: I have not previously reported concerning the capture of … Continue reading

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February 23, 1865: Retaliation for killing foragers

Sherman orders prisoners shot in retaliation for killing of foragers in South Carolina. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Rocky Mount, February 23, 1865-10 a.m. Major-General HOWARD, Commanding Right Wing: GENERAL: I have just been … Continue reading

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February 22, 1865: Charleston falls, US flag raised over Fort Sumter

[Preparations to raise the old flag at Fort Sumter, April 1865]. Columbia having fallen, Charleston could not be held, and the rebels evacuated. On February 22, a national celebration was held to commemorate the raising of the US flag over … Continue reading

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February 21, 1865: Confederate Senate passes bill to raise black troops

This image shows members of the Louisiana Native Guard, who actually would have been black Confederates early in the war, but the Confederacy wouldn’t take them when they volunteered. Many of them later served the Union after New Orleans fell. … Continue reading

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February 20, 1865: Richmond Dispatch calls for black troops

Yeah, it’s the same old photo of a “black Confederate”. There just aren’t many out there. Guess why? The editor of the Richmond Daily Dispatch has changed his mind about black soldiers, thanks to General Lee. If Lee wants black … Continue reading

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February 19, 1865: Providing for Columbia

I guess the Pottery Barn rule applies: You break it, you bought it. Howard works to provide some food for the destitute in Columbia, especially the former slaves, and they provide some firearms for the local police to keep the … Continue reading

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February 18, 1865: Taking care of what’s left of Columbia

Gen. Howard issues orders to get Columbia under control. The fires are out, and men threatening more destruction will be arrested. They’ll destroy the railroad thoroughly, as well as any public property that would be of use to the rebels. … Continue reading

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February 17, 1865: Columbia falls to Sherman

The 13th Amendment New York Times: The Legislature of Louisiana has ratified the Constitutional Amendment for the Abolition of Slavery. On the 13th Gov. HAHN sent to the House an official copy of the Act of Congress; the House adopted … Continue reading

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February 16, 1865: Kilpatrick routing the rebels

The 13th Amendment New York TImes: CARSON, Thursday, Feb. 16. The Nevada Legislature has just ratified the amendment to the Constitution of the United States, abolishing slavery. There was only one vote in each House in the negative — both … Continue reading

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