Category Archives: Military

March 3, 1865: Lee in trouble.

New York Times It is not unsafe, though in the absence of all specific information, to conjecture that SHERMAN may now be directing his march straight upon Raleigh by way of Cheraw and Fayetteville. We learn from the Southern papers, … Continue reading

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March 1, 1865: Slocum gets across Lynch’s creek

After a sharp skirmish and some trouble with high water, Slocum crosses Lynch’s creek. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Ferily’s Bridge, Lynch’s Creek, March 1, 1865. General O. O. HOWARD, Commanding Right Wing: GENERAL: … Continue reading

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February 28, 1865: Logan delayed, and a skirmish

“Black Jack” Logan ******************************************* Logan is trying to cross Lynch’s Creek, but high water is causing him problems. In the process some of his men had a battle with rebel cavalry, with indecisive results. HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE, Tiller’s … Continue reading

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February 27, 1865: Wade Hampton responds to Sherman

Wade Hampton responds to Sherman’s threat of retaliation for the killing of captured foragers. Official Records: In the Field, February 27, 1865. Major General W. T. SHERMAN, U. S. Army: GENERAL: Your communication of the 24th instant reached me to-day. … Continue reading

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February 24, 1865: Sherman to Wade Hampton

Wade Hampton ********************************************** Sherman puts Wade Hampton, commander of the rebel cavalry, on notice that he will retaliate for killing of foragers. HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, February 24, 1865. Lieutenant General WADE HAMPTON, Commanding Cavalry … Continue reading

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February 24, 1865: Hazen takes Camden

Gen. Hazen reports on his capture of the town of Camden. Official Records: HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Kelly’s Bridge, S. C., February 26, 1865. Major MAX. WOODHULL, Assistant Adjutant-General: I have not previously reported concerning the capture of … Continue reading

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February 23, 1865: Retaliation for killing foragers

Sherman orders prisoners shot in retaliation for killing of foragers in South Carolina. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Rocky Mount, February 23, 1865-10 a.m. Major-General HOWARD, Commanding Right Wing: GENERAL: I have just been … Continue reading

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February 22, 1865: Charleston falls, US flag raised over Fort Sumter

[Preparations to raise the old flag at Fort Sumter, April 1865]. Columbia having fallen, Charleston could not be held, and the rebels evacuated. On February 22, a national celebration was held to commemorate the raising of the US flag over … Continue reading

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February 20, 1865: Richmond Dispatch calls for black troops

Yeah, it’s the same old photo of a “black Confederate”. There just aren’t many out there. Guess why? The editor of the Richmond Daily Dispatch has changed his mind about black soldiers, thanks to General Lee. If Lee wants black … Continue reading

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February 19, 1865: Providing for Columbia

I guess the Pottery Barn rule applies: You break it, you bought it. Howard works to provide some food for the destitute in Columbia, especially the former slaves, and they provide some firearms for the local police to keep the … Continue reading

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