Category Archives: Military

October 22, 1864: Sherman’s supplies

The rebels are sending significant forces after Sherman’s communications, to besiege him in Atlanta. Meanwhile, supplies are accumulating in Chattanooga, and Sherman is preparing to stock up and cast loose. Official Records 79:401. WASHINGTON, October 22, 1864 – 4 p. … Continue reading

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October 21, 1864: Hood’s political failure

The New York Times reports that Hood’s offense was planned to bolster the Northern peace party. It doesn’t seem to be working. HOOD’S POLITICAL FAILURE. Published: October 21, 1864 – It seems that the present, or rather the late offensive … Continue reading

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October 19, 1864: The purpose of Sherman’s March

Sherman explains his plans to Halleck. Hood is going to Blue Mountain, at the end of the Selma and Talladega road (surely that should be a fast road to travel). Meanwhile, Sherman will destroy the rail line from Chattanooga to … Continue reading

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October 18, 1864: Hood’s not a big deal.

The New York Times reprints a dispatch from Charles Dana, explaining that Hood hasn’t really done that much damage to the railorads. Meanwhile the union cavalry has got the best of Mosby. WAR DEPARTMENT, WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 — 9:40 P.M. … Continue reading

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October 17, 1864: Is Sherman editing the rebel papers?

The New York Times editor is a fan of Sherman’s, apparently. Here he writes a tongue-in-cheek piece where he speculates that Sherman must be putting his own ideas into the Confederate newspapers, as they all seem to clamor for Hood … Continue reading

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October 16, 1864: Sherman pursuing Hood, but where?

It seems that Hood is heading west, though information is spotty. Sherman sums it up: ” I am pushing straight for Hood wherever he may be.” NASHVILLE, TENN., October 16, 1864 – 10 p. m. [OR 79:310] (Received 17th.) Lieutenant-General … Continue reading

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October 15, 1864: Communication tough in Georgia — Where’s Hood?

The New York Times reports that Dalton was taken by Hood. Meanwhile, Thomas and Sherman are separated from each other due to the rebel attacks on the supply line. They aren’t sure what Hood is doing, though the suspicion is … Continue reading

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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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