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March 27, 1865: France will bail us out

The Richmond Daily Dispatch advises southerners to hold on, because France will enter the war on their side any time. And besides, the fate of a conquered South is too heinous to contemplate. There is every inducement for the Confederate … Continue reading

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March 25, 1865: Sherman’s march

Victory parade in New York, March 6, 1865. ******************************************************* Harper’s Weekly mocks the rebel papers’ denigration of Sherman. SHERMAN. THE mystery of SHERMAN’S march was imposing. Yet the silence of the rebels was most expressive. If they made eager haste … Continue reading

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March 23, 1865: Sherman to Grant: ready to roll

Sherman is ready to roll, if only the railroads were. But anyway, having joined forces with Schofield, he has the strength to head anywhere Grant wants him. But he’s promised the troops that they’d have all the supplies they need … Continue reading

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March 21, 1865: Full report on Bentonville

Sherman reports to Grant on the events from the 14th through the 21st. He reports that Johnston tried and failed to break Slocum’s wing, while Schofield took Goldsborough. He plans to rest the troops a bit, and then move toward … Continue reading

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March 19, 1865: Bentonville

Rebel Charge at Bentonville ********************************************************* Sherman’s men have run into Johnston’s troops outside of Bentonville, North Carolina. FALLING CREEK CHURCH, March 19, 1865-1. 15 p. m. Major-General SHERMAN, Commanding-in-Chief, &c.: GENERAL: One of General Logan’s scouts has just returned from … Continue reading

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March 16, 1865: Averasborough

Gen. William J. Hardee ****************************************************** Slocum runs into Hardee and has a sharp skirmish; losses on both sides, but Hardee loses cannon and retreats into Averasborough. HDQRS. FOURTH DIVISION, FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS, In the Field, near Little Cohera Creek, N. … Continue reading

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March 14, 1865: Sherman heads for Goldsborough

Sherman reports to Grant that he’s trying to join up with Schofield, and both will make for Goldsboro, while feinting toward Raleigh to keep the rebel cavalry from concentrating against them. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In … Continue reading

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March 11, 1865: Kilpatrick reports on the battle of Monroe’s Crossroad

Kilpatrick reports on his near capture by Wade Hampton’s cavalry. Still no mention of having to run off in his nightshirt, though. Official Records: HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY COMMAND, In the field, N. C., on Chicken Road, Eleven Miles from Fayetteville, March … Continue reading

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March 10, 1865: Monroe’s Crossroads, or Kilpatrick’s Shirttail Skedaddle

The contemporary accounts don’t give you much of the juicy detail on this minor battle — the rebel troops, as Mitchell notes below, took Kilpatrick’s camp by surprise, and in the process, Kilpatrick had to make a run for it … Continue reading

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March 8, 1865: Gentler treatment of North Carolina

Several generals have complained about the devastation caused by unsupervised foragers, and the general vindictiveness shown by the Union troops against South Carolina, the leader of the secession movement. Now that Sherman’s men are crossing into North Carolina, the new … Continue reading

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