Author Archives: Allen Gathman

August 23, 1864: News of Wheeler

Wheeler’s cavalry, sent north to attack Sherman’s supply lines, were defeated at Dalton, in part by the stout resistance of the 14th US Colored Troops regiment. The Richmond Daily Dispatch can only call their reports about this “muddled” — which … Continue reading

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August 22, 1864: Kilpatrick returns.

After everyone got a little nervous, Kilpatrick returned from his Macon expedition, and reports considerable success. They broke up a fair amount of railroad track, and had a lot of prisoners, though they had to release them rather than haul … Continue reading

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August 21, 1864: Where’s Kilpatrick?

Part of Kilpatrick’s cavalry were cut off after doing some damage to the railroad, and have returned. Still no news of Kilpatrick’s main force, and Sherman’s getting a little concerned — after all, look what happened to Stoneman. Meanwhile, the … Continue reading

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August 20, 1864: Cavalry and rail on both sides

Wheeler’s cavalry are north of Atlanta trying to destroy Sherman’s supply line; they tore up the rails near Dalton, but they’re already repaired. Meanwhile Kilpatrick’s cavalry are tearing up the Macon railroad that constitutes Hood’s last supply line, and this … Continue reading

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August 19, 1864: Cutting the Macon rail line

Kilpatrick’s cavalry have been sent out to cut the Macon railroad, and apparently they’ve had some early success, because trains sent out from Atlanta by the rebels have come back empty. HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, … Continue reading

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August 18, 1864: Sherman could move south

Grant encourages Sherman to hold on; the fall of Atlanta is a matter of time. He agrees with Sherman that if his supply lines are cut, he could always head south, living off the land. While Grant would later express … Continue reading

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August 17, 1864: Breaking up the Macon railroad

While Wheeler’s cavalry is off on a raid, Sherman sends Kilpatrick to break up the Macon railroad. HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, near Atlanta, Ga., August 17, 1864. (Received 6 p. m. 18th) Major General H. … Continue reading

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August 15, 1864: Sherman’s troops take Dalton

A detachment took Dalton, GA, and the brigadier reports to Thomas about it. SHERMAN’S HEADQUARTERS, August 15, 1864. General THOMAS: Following received from Colonel Rum, at Resaca: I can now give you particulars of the Dalton affair. The town was … Continue reading

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August 14, 1864: Grant to Sherman — none of Lee’s troops headed your way

Sherman is concerned that Lee might detach troops to reinforce Hood, but Grant says it’s not happening. He also approves Sherman’s plan to circle around Atlanta destroying stuff. CITY POINT, VA., August 14, 1864-8.30 p.m. Major-General SHERMAN: No division or … Continue reading

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August 13, 1864: Sherman’s plans

Sherman informs Halleck of his plans, to proceed around Atlanta destroying communications. His last sentence is prophetic: “If I should ever be cut off from my base, look out for me about Saint Mark’s, Fla., or Savannah, GA.” NEAR ATLANTA, … Continue reading

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