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November 22, 1864: Sherman takes Milledgeville

Sherman’s troops cross the Little River to Milledgeville. From Sherman’s report: The enemy came out of Macon [22d] and attacked Walcutt in position, but was so roughly handled that he never repeated the experiment. On the eighth day after leaving … Continue reading

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November 21, 1864: Dispatch gets one right

For once, the Richmond Daily Dispatch publishes some pretty accurate information about Sherman’s march, without any claims that he’s about to be destroyed at any moment. Richmond Daily Dispatch The two armies at the South. There is not much to … Continue reading

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November 20, 1864: Kilpatrick feints on Macon, Blair’s men plunder plantations

From Sherman’s official report: During the 22nd [20th] General Kilpatrick made a good feint on Macon, driving the enemy within his intrenchments, and then drew back to Griswoldville, where Walcutt’s brigade of infantry joined him to cover that flank, whilst … Continue reading

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November 19, 1864: More on Sherman’s folly

The Richmond Daily Dispatch continues to publish a variety of reports about Sherman. Today, there are three claims: first, the country can’t support Sherman’s army, so he’ll starve. Second, it’s just a raid, since he can’t spare garrisons to hold … Continue reading

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November 18, 1864: Sherman still doomed.

The Richmond Daily Dispatch prints an item from the Augusta, GA Chronicle, explaining why Sherman is doomed. He has to have a huge number of wagons to carry provisions, which will slow him down so much that the rebels will … Continue reading

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November 17, 1864: Hardee ordered to Macon

Jefferson Davis, acting as always as his own General-in-Chief, orders General Hardee to take his command to Georgia to oppose Sherman, scraping together troops anywhere he can. Official Records: RICHMOND, [November 17, 1864]. General HARDEE, Charleston: It is reported that … Continue reading

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November 16, 1864: Sherman’s in trouble as usual

The Richmond Daily Dispatch, never daunted, reports for the umpteenth time that Sherman’s situation is desperate, and he’s about to be annihilated by Hood at any moment. The article concludes “Thus it will be seen that it is impossible for … Continue reading

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November 15, 1864: Rebels have “startling news” about Sherman

The New York Times reports, tantalizingly, that the rebel papers know something about Sherman that they’re not divulging. FORTRESS MONROE, Sunday, Nov. 13. Richmond papers of Friday, Nov. 11, urge upon their readers the necessity of being prepared for startling … Continue reading

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November 14, 1864: Sherman destroys Atlanta

From Sherman’s report: The whole force was moved rapidly and grouped about Atlanta on the 14th of November. In the meantime Captain O. M. Poe had thoroughly destroyed Atlanta, save its mere dwelling-houses and churches, and the Right Wing, with … Continue reading

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November 14, 1864: Richmond Daily Dispatch misses the boat on Sherman

From Sherman’s official report 92:8 The whole force was moved rapidly and grouped about Atlanta on the 14th of November. In the meantime Captain O. M. Poe had thoroughly destroyed Atlanta, save its mere dwelling-houses and churches, and the Right … Continue reading

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