Author Archives: Allen Gathman

November 18, 1864: Sherman still doomed.

The Richmond Daily Dispatch prints an item from the Augusta, GA Chronicle, explaining why Sherman is doomed. He has to have a huge number of wagons to carry provisions, which will slow him down so much that the rebels will … Continue reading

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November 17, 1864: Rumors of Sherman

The New York Times publishes a collection of rumors and reports about Sherman’s movements. The government hasn’t heard from him since November 10, as he is completely cut off from communications. Imagine how worrisome it must be for Lincoln and … Continue reading

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November 17, 1864: Hardee ordered to Macon

Jefferson Davis, acting as always as his own General-in-Chief, orders General Hardee to take his command to Georgia to oppose Sherman, scraping together troops anywhere he can. Official Records: RICHMOND, [November 17, 1864]. General HARDEE, Charleston: It is reported that … Continue reading

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November 16, 1864: Sherman’s in trouble as usual

The Richmond Daily Dispatch, never daunted, reports for the umpteenth time that Sherman’s situation is desperate, and he’s about to be annihilated by Hood at any moment. The article concludes “Thus it will be seen that it is impossible for … Continue reading

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November 15, 1864: Rebels have “startling news” about Sherman

The New York Times reports, tantalizingly, that the rebel papers know something about Sherman that they’re not divulging. FORTRESS MONROE, Sunday, Nov. 13. Richmond papers of Friday, Nov. 11, urge upon their readers the necessity of being prepared for startling … Continue reading

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November 14, 1864: Sherman destroys Atlanta

From Sherman’s report: The whole force was moved rapidly and grouped about Atlanta on the 14th of November. In the meantime Captain O. M. Poe had thoroughly destroyed Atlanta, save its mere dwelling-houses and churches, and the Right Wing, with … Continue reading

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November 14, 1864: Richmond Daily Dispatch misses the boat on Sherman

From Sherman’s official report 92:8 The whole force was moved rapidly and grouped about Atlanta on the 14th of November. In the meantime Captain O. M. Poe had thoroughly destroyed Atlanta, save its mere dwelling-houses and churches, and the Right … Continue reading

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November 13, 1864: Destroying the railroad

The left wing under Slocum is charged with destroying the railroad, and we see the orders to the various divisions to do the job properly. Burn the ties, heat the rails on the fire and bend and twist them. Without … Continue reading

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November 12, 1864: Sherman’s march begins

From Sherman’s official report: On the 12th of November my army stood detached and cut off from all communication with the rear. It was composed of four corps-the Fifteenth and Seventeenth, constituting the Right wing, under Major General O. O. … Continue reading

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November 11, 1864: Located the leak in Sherman’s army

As we’ve seen, Sherman’s plans are getting printed in northern papers. Grant complains to Stanton, who says it’s Sherman’s own fault. Official Records 79:740 CITY POINT, VA., November 11, 1864. Honorable EDWIN M. STANTON, Secretary of War: All the Northern … Continue reading

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