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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

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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

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December 10, 1864: Sherman invests Savannah

From Sherman’s official report: No opposition from the enemy worth speaking of was encountered until the heads of columns were within fifteen miles of Savannah, where all the roads leading to the city were obstructed more or less by felled … Continue reading

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December 8, 1864: Sherman approaches Savannah

Gen. Beauregard ************************************************************** Sherman is nearing Savannah, and he’s planning his assault on the city. Wheeler reports what he knows, but clearly his cavalry are insufficient to keep an eye on all of Sherman’s forces. Hardee is in charge of … Continue reading

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December 7, 1864: Hardee tries to defend Savannah

The rebels continue to fight a guerrilla action against Sherman’s advance, felling trees across the road and burning bridges, but the pioneers — including lots of former slaves freed by the advancing columns — clear the road, build bridges, and … Continue reading

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December 4, 1864: Last chance to stop Sherman

Bragg reports they’re trying to block Sherman’s progress toward Savannah. Rebel troops are being gathered in the Savannah area. Official Records 92:927 AUGUSTA, December 4, 1864. (Received 1 p. m.) Colonel JOHN B. SALE, Military Secretary, Richmond: The column is … Continue reading

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December 3, 1864: Sherman has already succeeded

From Sherman’s official report: On the 3rd of December the Seventeenth Corps was at Millen; the Fifteenth Corps, which I accompanied, was at Millen; the Fifteenth Corps (General Howard) was south of the Ogeechee, opposite Station 7 (Scarborough); the Twentieth … Continue reading

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December 1, 1864: No news is good news.

The New York Times notes that the Richmond papers have decided to stop publishing about Sherman. The editor opines that if there were any news of rebel victories, they’d be telling it, so the lack of news indicates that Sherman … Continue reading

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November 30, 1864: Battle of Franklin

Schofield was fortified in the town of Franklin, TN, about 16 miles south of Nashville, when Hood attacked with two corps. While the opposing forces were of about equal strength, approximately 25,000, Hood suffered three times as many casualties as … Continue reading

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November 26, 1864: Now how will we know where Sherman is?

The Richmond Daily Dispatch takes the advice from a letter published the previous day, and resolves not to give any more information about Sherman’s movements. From Georgia. Seeing that Sherman is now cut off from all communication with his own … Continue reading

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