Category Archives: Union military

October 11, 1864: I can do it.

Sherman writes to Halleck, thanking him for supporting his decision to evacuate Atlanta, and again explains his view that it is harder to hold Atlanta than to take it. He wants to tear up the railroad to Chattanooga and push … Continue reading

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October 10, 1864: Sherman goes to Rome

John Bell Hood *************************************** Sherman takes the army to Rome, Georgia in pursuit of Hood. Official Records: CARTERSVILLE, October 10, 1864. General ELLIOTT: Hood has made his appearance at Rome. I want to concentrate the army at Kingston. Send orders … Continue reading

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October 9, 1864: I can make Georgia howl.

Sherman writes to Grant that there’s no way to protect his supply line from Chattanooga with Hood and all the rebel cavalry in his rear. He proposes again to break his own railroad, pick up stakes, and take off unsupported … Continue reading

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October 8, 1864: Sherman pursues Hood

A selection from the many dispatches today indicating that Sherman is going to keep after Hood, who is apparently making for Blue Mountain. Thomas is repairing railroads from Chattanooga southward, and Sherman’s men are doing so to the north to … Continue reading

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October 7, 1864: Sherman’s congratulatory order for Allatoona

Sherman congratulates Corse on the defense of Allatoona, and uses the occasion to argue that defending a fortified post is not a “useless effusion of blood”. I think that everyone’s senses had been dulled a bit by this time in … Continue reading

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October 6, 1864: Sherman supports Corse

Gen. Corse before he was shot in the face. ***************************************************** Corse was wounded rather badly in the defense of Altoona, but despite “losing a cheek bone and an ear”, he retained command and repulsed the rebels. Sherman is following up … Continue reading

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October 5, 1864: Allatoona

Gen. John M. Corse ******************************** Hood moved around Sherman’s right and attacked his supply line at Allatoona, where a small force under Gen. John M. Corse held out against considerable odds. Confederate Gen. French surrounded Corse’s position and demanded his … Continue reading

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October 4, 1864: Grant sides with Sherman

Yesterday, Halleck wrote to Grant to urge him (although he denied that was what he was doing) to send Sherman to Mobile rather than Savannah. Grant replies that Savannah is the only viable option now. Official Records: CONFIDENTIAL.] HDQRS. ARMIES … Continue reading

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October 3, 1864: Governor Brown won’t make a separate peace

Sherman sent an emissary to Governor Joseph Brown of Georgia, hoping to negotiate a separate peace for that “sovereign state”. Brown wasn’t having any, and his reply is printed in the Richmond Daily Dispatch:. Governor Brown’s reply to General Sherman’s … Continue reading

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October 2, 1864: Halleck doesn’t like Sherman’s plan

Sherman wrote to Grant yesterday that he views Hood’s advance northward as leaving Georgia open to attack. He has floated the idea of heading for the Georgia capital, Milledgeville, and ultimately to Savannah. Back in August, he suggested that if … Continue reading

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