Author Archives: Allen Gathman

December 10, 1864: Sherman invests Savannah

From Sherman’s official report: No opposition from the enemy worth speaking of was encountered until the heads of columns were within fifteen miles of Savannah, where all the roads leading to the city were obstructed more or less by felled … Continue reading

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December 9, 1864: Is it time to arm the slaves?

The editor of the Richmond Daily Dispatch wonders out loud if saving the Confederacy is worth arming and freeing slaves. Despite all the bravado previously displayed, he’s clearly aware that the North is winning the war. Hundreds of thousands of … Continue reading

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December 8, 1864: Sherman approaches Savannah

Gen. Beauregard ************************************************************** Sherman is nearing Savannah, and he’s planning his assault on the city. Wheeler reports what he knows, but clearly his cavalry are insufficient to keep an eye on all of Sherman’s forces. Hardee is in charge of … Continue reading

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December 7, 1864: Hardee tries to defend Savannah

The rebels continue to fight a guerrilla action against Sherman’s advance, felling trees across the road and burning bridges, but the pioneers — including lots of former slaves freed by the advancing columns — clear the road, build bridges, and … Continue reading

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December 6, 1864: Hood moving on Nashville

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports that the Yankees are trembling at the approach of Hood. Hood’s advance on Nashville. We are still, and may be some days, without direct intelligence from General Hood. In the meantime, we hear from him … Continue reading

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December 5, 1864: Franklin, big victory for the South

“There are no tanks in Baghdad!” ****************************************** The Richmond Daily Dispatch, of course, sees the battle of Franklin as a Confederate victory. Even though Hood lost over 6000 irreplaceable troops at the cost of about 2000 Union losses. Hood’s advance … Continue reading

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December 4, 1864: Last chance to stop Sherman

Bragg reports they’re trying to block Sherman’s progress toward Savannah. Rebel troops are being gathered in the Savannah area. Official Records 92:927 AUGUSTA, December 4, 1864. (Received 1 p. m.) Colonel JOHN B. SALE, Military Secretary, Richmond: The column is … Continue reading

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December 3, 1864: Sherman has already succeeded

From Sherman’s official report: On the 3rd of December the Seventeenth Corps was at Millen; the Fifteenth Corps, which I accompanied, was at Millen; the Fifteenth Corps (General Howard) was south of the Ogeechee, opposite Station 7 (Scarborough); the Twentieth … Continue reading

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December 2, 1864: Where’s Sherman going?

The New York Times reprints items from the Augusta Chronicle and the Savannah Republican, speculating about Sherman’s destination. While the Republican doesn’t seem ready to claim that he’ll be destroyed, it instead depicts his march as a futile gesture. SPIRIT … Continue reading

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December 1, 1864: No news is good news.

The New York Times notes that the Richmond papers have decided to stop publishing about Sherman. The editor opines that if there were any news of rebel victories, they’d be telling it, so the lack of news indicates that Sherman … Continue reading

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