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October 31, 1864: What supplies can’t be got we must do without.

Official Records 79:530 Sherman and his quartermaster discuss the logistics of the simultaneous movement of the Army of the Ohio and of surplus supplies north to Nashville. Sherman says to move the troops. ATLANTA, October 31, 1864. Major-General SHERMAN: Your … Continue reading

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October 30, 1864: Robert J. Breckinridge speaks

The New York Times reports on the speech given by Robert J. Breckinridge* in Cincinnati. Breckinridge was the uncle of John Cabell Breckinridge, one of Lincoln’s opponents in the 1860 election and now a Confederate general. The uncle, though, had … Continue reading

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October 29, 1864: Smashing things generally

Beauregard has taken charge of the western rebel operations, and Sherman is making sure that Thomas has the resources to defend Tennessee against him. But Sherman isn’t going north — ” I propose myself to push straight down into the … Continue reading

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October 28, 1864: Not going after Hood

Sherman tells Halleck that he’s not going back northwest after Hood. Official Records 79:476 ROME, GA., October 28, 1864-8. 30 p. m. (Received 12 p. m.) Major General H. W. HALLECK, Chief of Staff: The rebel army is now before … Continue reading

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October 27, 1864: Sherman pares down his forces

Thomas needs troops to defend Tennessee in Sherman’s rear, and in any case Sherman has to have a highly mobile force for his planned march. Here Sherman sends the Fourth Corps to the rear, as well as other troops who … Continue reading

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October 27, 1864: Sherman pares down his ranks

Thomas needs troops to defend Tennessee in Sherman’s rear, and in any case Sherman has to have a highly mobile force for his planned march. Here Sherman sends the Fourth Corps to the rear, as well as other troops who … Continue reading

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October 26, 1864: No, Sherman hasn’t endorsed McClellan for president

The New York Times prints a letter from John C. Hamilton along with his correspondence with Sherman. There is a rumor that Sherman is persuading soldiers to vote for McClellan. Sherman denies vehemently doing anything to influence the votes of … Continue reading

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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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