Category Archives: Union military

January 16, 1865: Sherman’s coming

Hardee and his troops report Sherman’s forces advancing into South Carolina. Official Records: MONTGOMERY, ALA., January 16, 1865. General G. T. BEAUREGARD, Tupelo, Miss.: General Hardee reports on 14th instant enemy in heavy force advancing from Beaufort, by Port Royal … Continue reading

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January 15, 1865: Sherman’s mild policies in Savannah

The New York Times runs a report from a Charleston paper about the situation at Savannah. Even in Charleston, they admit that he hasn’t been harsh to them. Of course, the poor deluded blacks have come to their senses and … Continue reading

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January 14, 1865: Protecting commerce in Savannah

Sherman takes steps to protect the local markets and the nascent reconstruction of the local government. Official Records: SPECIAL HDQRS. MIL. DIV. OF THE MISSISSIPPI, FIELD ORDERS, In the Field, Savannah, Ga., Numbers 12. January 14, 1865. It being represented … Continue reading

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January 12, 1865: Sherman on “Sambo”

As we’ve seen, Halleck wrote to Sherman to caution him about public perceptions of his attitude toward blacks. Here Sherman replies that it was Jeff C. Davis who turned the ex-slaves back at Ebenezer Creek, and he just needed his … Continue reading

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January 12, 1865: Freemen in Savannah

Secretary of War Stanton came down to Savannah, and he met with a group of black leaders to discuss with them what they wanted for their people. He took the opportunity to ask them how Sherman had treated them, as … Continue reading

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January 11, 1865: Good plan, Hardee

Hardee explained to Davis a few days ago (see link below) that he was capable only of defending Charleston against Sherman, and even that only if he could get some more troops. Here Davis responds that this plan will work … Continue reading

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January 8, 1865: Hardee on the defensive

Hardee explains his situation to Jefferson Davis — he lacks the troops to do anything except try to defend Charleston against Sherman’s forces. And for that matter, he needs more troops even to manage that, and they don’t appear to … Continue reading

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January 3, 1865: Where’s Hood?

Thomas wants to know where Hood’s army is, and where he’s heading. Meanwhile, Hood hears there could be an attack on Columbus, Mississippi, and is headquartered for the moment in Corinth. Official Records: PULASKI, January 3, 1865-9 a.m. Brigadier-General GRANGER: … Continue reading

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December 31, 1864: Black troops will garrison Savannah

Halleck has already urged Sherman to make a gesture toward the well-being of escaped slaves to improve his PR with northern abolitionists. Now a related dispute arises; Halleck wants able-bodied former slaves who followed Sherman to continue to serve as … Continue reading

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December 30, 1864: Sherman and the “negroes”

News of the incident at Ebenezer Creek, where Jeff C. Davis took up the pontoon bridge, abandoning hundreds of escaped slaves to recapture by Wheeler’s cavalry or drowning, has reached the north. Sherman is under considerable criticism from abolitionists in … Continue reading

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