Author Archives: Allen Gathman

March 19, 1865: Bentonville

Rebel Charge at Bentonville ********************************************************* Sherman’s men have run into Johnston’s troops outside of Bentonville, North Carolina. FALLING CREEK CHURCH, March 19, 1865-1. 15 p. m. Major-General SHERMAN, Commanding-in-Chief, &c.: GENERAL: One of General Logan’s scouts has just returned from … Continue reading

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March 18, 1865: Recruiting black Confederates

The Richmond Daily Dispatch publishes a call for black “volunteers” to fight for the Confederacy. The message is addressed to “the People of Virginia,” but it is clearly intended for the white people of Virginia, as it calls on those … Continue reading

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March 17, 1865: Lynching

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports on an incident that foreshadows the world of Jim Crow. “Prompt and summary punishment,” and no time wasted on legal process. Daring Outrage. –In the county of Chesterfield, near Skinquarter meeting house, on Sundaynight, the … Continue reading

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March 16, 1865: Averasborough

Gen. William J. Hardee ****************************************************** Slocum runs into Hardee and has a sharp skirmish; losses on both sides, but Hardee loses cannon and retreats into Averasborough. HDQRS. FOURTH DIVISION, FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS, In the Field, near Little Cohera Creek, N. … Continue reading

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March 15, 1865: Coffee substitutes again

As we’ve seen, the blockade caused at least one really severe hardship, a lack of coffee. Here’s yet another substitute. It’s no wonder they surrendered. SOUTHERN BANNER [ATHENS, GA], March 15, 1865, p. 1, c. 4 Substitutes for Coffee. Editor … Continue reading

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March 14, 1865: Sherman heads for Goldsborough

Sherman reports to Grant that he’s trying to join up with Schofield, and both will make for Goldsboro, while feinting toward Raleigh to keep the rebel cavalry from concentrating against them. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In … Continue reading

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March 13, 1865: Black Confederates, finally!

The Confederate Congress finally passes the “black Confederates” bill. AN ACT to increase the military force of the Confederate States. The Congress of the Confederate States of America do enact, That, in order to provide additional forces to repel invasion, … Continue reading

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March 12, 1865: Sherman in Fayetteville

Sherman, having taken Fayetteville, writes to Schofield looking forward to their junction. He orders that men not be wasted in garrison duty, but all the troops possible sent to march on. They can live off the land. “We can live … Continue reading

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March 11, 1865: Kilpatrick reports on the battle of Monroe’s Crossroad

Kilpatrick reports on his near capture by Wade Hampton’s cavalry. Still no mention of having to run off in his nightshirt, though. Official Records: HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY COMMAND, In the field, N. C., on Chicken Road, Eleven Miles from Fayetteville, March … Continue reading

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March 10, 1865: Monroe’s Crossroads, or Kilpatrick’s Shirttail Skedaddle

The contemporary accounts don’t give you much of the juicy detail on this minor battle — the rebel troops, as Mitchell notes below, took Kilpatrick’s camp by surprise, and in the process, Kilpatrick had to make a run for it … Continue reading

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