Category Archives: Military

October 25, 1864: Sherman on black troops.

Sherman writes to the secretary of war about black troops. If black men fight, they’ll insist on equality. Sherman doesn’t think they’re ready for it. He also thinks that white men should all be fighting for their country, and then … Continue reading

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October 24, 1864: Hitchcock says states’ rights are bunk

General Hitchcock writes to the Times to refute Alexander Stephens’ claims about states’ rights. The constitution, he argues, was framed as an antidote to the problems caused by the excessive rights granted to states under the Articles of Confederation. And … Continue reading

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October 23, 1864: Good job, Slocum

General Slocum ************************************************** Sherman is formulating a justification for his planned march already; if the rebels break his supply line, he’ll just have to forage on the countryside. Slocum is doing a fine job of it in preparation. Official Records … Continue reading

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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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