Category Archives: Military

December 19, 1864: Richmond Dispatch on Hood’s defeat

The Richmond Daily Dispatch seems to be getting a bit downhearted. In this editorial comment, in the space of a few sentences they say that reports of Hood’s defeat at Nashville are not true, that Hood was really just heading … Continue reading

Posted in George Thomas, John Bell Hood, Sherman's March, Tennessee | Leave a comment

December 18, 1864: Preparing an assault on Savannah

Sherman, now that Hardee has declined to surrender Savannah, orders artillery readied for an assault. He also directs that the road to Charleston be broken to prevent Savannah’s resupply. Note that he has been ordered to take his troops by … Continue reading

Posted in Georgia, Savannah, Sherman's March, William J. Hardee, William Tecumseh Sherman | Leave a comment

December 18, 1864: Sherman, what do you want to do next?

Grant writes to his friend Sherman, congratulating him on his campaign. He “would not have entrusted the expedition to any other living commander.” Most important, he backs off from his previous instruction for Sherman to send his troops north to … Continue reading

Posted in Georgia, Sherman's March, South Carolina, Ulysses S. Grant, William Tecumseh Sherman | Leave a comment

December 17, 1864: Sherman demands the surrender of Savannah

From Sherman’s official report: On the 17th, a number of 30-pounder Parrott guns having reached King’s Bridge, I proceeded in person to the headquarters of Major-General Slocum, on the Augusta road, and dispatched thence into Savannah, by flag of truce, … Continue reading

Posted in Edwin M. Stanton, Georgia, Savannah, Sherman's March, William Tecumseh Sherman | Leave a comment

December 16, 1864: Second day at Nashville

Even the President sent his congratulations to Thomas after his first day’s battle at Nashville, admonishing him to follow up on the success. Thomas continues to drive Hood’s routed army, taking more prisoners and guns. His estimate of his casualties … Continue reading

Posted in George Thomas, John Bell Hood, Tennessee | Leave a comment

December 15, 1864: Battle of Nashville

From Sherman’s official report: After making communications to those officers, and a short communication to the War Department, I returned to Fort McAllister that night, and before daylight was overtaken by Major Strong, of General Foster’s staff, advising me that … Continue reading

Posted in George Thomas, Georgia, John Bell Hood, Savannah, Sherman's March, Tennessee, Ulysses S. Grant, William Tecumseh Sherman | 2 Comments

December 14, 1864: News of Sherman reaches New York

The New York Times publishes the first dispatches from Savannah, brought by a scout in Howard’s army to the Union fleet. Sunday, December 7, 2014 3:00 PM WASHINGTON, Wednesday, Dec. 14. The following telegram has been received at the War … Continue reading

Posted in Georgia, Henry Halleck, Oliver O. Howard, Savannah, Sherman's March | Leave a comment

December 13, 1864: Sherman takes Fort McAllister

From Sherman’s official report: The enemy had burned the road bridge across the Ogeechee, just below the mouth of the Cannouchee, known as King’s Bridge. This was reconstructed in an incredibly short time, in the most substantial manner, by the … Continue reading

Posted in Edwin M. Stanton, Georgia, Jefferson Davis, Pierre G.T. Beauregard, Savannah, Sherman's March, South Carolina, William Tecumseh Sherman | Leave a comment

December 12, 1864: Sherman heads for Fort McAllister; contact with the fleet

Sherman’s men are approaching Savannah, and Gen. Young worries that they’ll cut the crossing at Screven’s Ferry. He’s right, as Sherman is sending Hazen’s division that way to take Fort McAllister tomorrow. Meanwhile, Jefferson Davis realizes that they need more … Continue reading

Posted in Jefferson Davis, Oliver O. Howard, Savannah, Sherman's March, William Tecumseh Sherman | Leave a comment

December 11, 1864: Still trying to reach the fleet.

Gen. O. O. Howard *********************************** Howard says the best bet is to take Fort McAllister, just south of Savannah. He’s still trying to communicate with the Union fleet offshore. Meanwhile, the defenders are trying to block Sherman’s advance, but lack … Continue reading

Posted in Georgia, Joseph Wheeler, Oliver O. Howard, Savannah, Sherman's March, William Tecumseh Sherman | Leave a comment