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August 19, 1864: Cutting the Macon rail line

Kilpatrick’s cavalry have been sent out to cut the Macon railroad, and apparently they’ve had some early success, because trains sent out from Atlanta by the rebels have come back empty. HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, … Continue reading

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August 18, 1864: Sherman could move south

Grant encourages Sherman to hold on; the fall of Atlanta is a matter of time. He agrees with Sherman that if his supply lines are cut, he could always head south, living off the land. While Grant would later express … Continue reading

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August 17, 1864: Breaking up the Macon railroad

While Wheeler’s cavalry is off on a raid, Sherman sends Kilpatrick to break up the Macon railroad. HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, near Atlanta, Ga., August 17, 1864. (Received 6 p. m. 18th) Major General H. … Continue reading

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August 15, 1864: Sherman’s troops take Dalton

A detachment took Dalton, GA, and the brigadier reports to Thomas about it. SHERMAN’S HEADQUARTERS, August 15, 1864. General THOMAS: Following received from Colonel Rum, at Resaca: I can now give you particulars of the Dalton affair. The town was … Continue reading

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August 14, 1864: Grant to Sherman — none of Lee’s troops headed your way

Sherman is concerned that Lee might detach troops to reinforce Hood, but Grant says it’s not happening. He also approves Sherman’s plan to circle around Atlanta destroying stuff. CITY POINT, VA., August 14, 1864-8.30 p.m. Major-General SHERMAN: No division or … Continue reading

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August 13, 1864: Sherman’s plans

Sherman informs Halleck of his plans, to proceed around Atlanta destroying communications. His last sentence is prophetic: “If I should ever be cut off from my base, look out for me about Saint Mark’s, Fla., or Savannah, GA.” NEAR ATLANTA, … Continue reading

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August 12, 1864: Sherman promoted to major general regular army.

Sherman has been serving as a major general of volunteers, but this sort of rank is only for the duration of the war, and would not apply afterward. As of this date he is promoted to major general in the … Continue reading

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August 11, 1864: Taking out the West Point RR

Sherman wants to draw Hood out of his works for a fight, and he discusses with Schofield a plan to send a division to break the West Point Railroad. Schofield is hesitant, but Sherman pushes. HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE … Continue reading

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August 10, 1864: Sherman wants more troops

Sherman’s still trying to fill his ranks any way he can. He requests recruits to be sent, and meanwhile he’s throwing shells into Atlanta. HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, near Atlanta, August 10, 1864-8 p.m. Lieutenant … Continue reading

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August 9, 1864: Sorry, no black troops available

Sherman may not be enthusiastic about black soldiers, but he’d like to have some for garrison duty to relieve troops from Nashville for use at the front. Unfortunately, there aren’t any available. WASHINGTON, August 9, 1864. Major-General SHERMAN: Dispatch of … Continue reading

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