Author Archives: Allen Gathman

October 14, 1864: Hood at Tunnel Hill

Hood is still harassing Sherman’s supply lines, having briefly taken Dalton and Resaca, and his men are tearing up railroad track. Official Records 79:269 THREE MILES FROM DALTON, October 14, 1864. Brigadier-General McCOOK, Resaca: GENERAL: The courier I first sent … Continue reading

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October 13, 1864: Grant to Stanton — Let Sherman go.

Grant tells Secretary Stanton that he agrees with Sherman’s plan to head for Savannah. He then orders Halleck to prepare supplies to be sent to Savannah to meet Sherman’s armies when they arrive. He tells Halleck that Thomas should abandon … Continue reading

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October 12, 1864: Grant supports Sherman’s plan. Lincoln is worried.

Lincoln has some misgivings about Sherman’s plan to cut loose from his supply line, but Grant has come around to Sherman’s side. Official Records: WASHINGTON, October 12, 1864-8 p. m. (Received 13th.) Lieutenant-General GRANT: The President feels much solicitude in … Continue reading

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Metapost: OSU’s Official Records site has changed format

Oh no! OSU has changed the format of the digitized Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, and all my previous links to them are now broken. Aaargh. If you look at a link that I’ve posted in the … Continue reading

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October 11, 1864: I can do it.

Sherman writes to Halleck, thanking him for supporting his decision to evacuate Atlanta, and again explains his view that it is harder to hold Atlanta than to take it. He wants to tear up the railroad to Chattanooga and push … Continue reading

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October 10, 1864: Sherman goes to Rome

John Bell Hood *************************************** Sherman takes the army to Rome, Georgia in pursuit of Hood. Official Records: CARTERSVILLE, October 10, 1864. General ELLIOTT: Hood has made his appearance at Rome. I want to concentrate the army at Kingston. Send orders … Continue reading

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October 9, 1864: I can make Georgia howl.

Sherman writes to Grant that there’s no way to protect his supply line from Chattanooga with Hood and all the rebel cavalry in his rear. He proposes again to break his own railroad, pick up stakes, and take off unsupported … Continue reading

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October 8, 1864: Sherman pursues Hood

A selection from the many dispatches today indicating that Sherman is going to keep after Hood, who is apparently making for Blue Mountain. Thomas is repairing railroads from Chattanooga southward, and Sherman’s men are doing so to the north to … Continue reading

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October 7, 1864: Sherman’s congratulatory order for Allatoona

Sherman congratulates Corse on the defense of Allatoona, and uses the occasion to argue that defending a fortified post is not a “useless effusion of blood”. I think that everyone’s senses had been dulled a bit by this time in … Continue reading

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October 6, 1864: Sherman supports Corse

Gen. Corse before he was shot in the face. ***************************************************** Corse was wounded rather badly in the defense of Altoona, but despite “losing a cheek bone and an ear”, he retained command and repulsed the rebels. Sherman is following up … Continue reading

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