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February 18, 1865: Taking care of what’s left of Columbia

Gen. Howard issues orders to get Columbia under control. The fires are out, and men threatening more destruction will be arrested. They’ll destroy the railroad thoroughly, as well as any public property that would be of use to the rebels. … Continue reading

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February 17, 1865: Columbia falls to Sherman

The 13th Amendment New York Times: The Legislature of Louisiana has ratified the Constitutional Amendment for the Abolition of Slavery. On the 13th Gov. HAHN sent to the House an official copy of the Act of Congress; the House adopted … Continue reading

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February 16, 1865: Kilpatrick routing the rebels

The 13th Amendment New York TImes: CARSON, Thursday, Feb. 16. The Nevada Legislature has just ratified the amendment to the Constitution of the United States, abolishing slavery. There was only one vote in each House in the negative — both … Continue reading

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February 15, 1865: South Carolina governor’s call to citizens

Andrew G. Magrath, Governor of South Carolina, called on his citizens to resist Sherman’s troops. Call of the Governor of South Carolina. Governor Magrath, of South Carolina, has issued an address to the people of that State, calling upon them … Continue reading

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February 14, 1865: That uncultured old tar Farragut

The Richmond Daily Dispatch paints us a portrait of Admiral Farragut. Sure, he took Mobile, but given his lack of social graces, it hardly counts. How Farragut was “lashed to the mast”–told by himself. The Brooklyn-Union gives a detailed account … Continue reading

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February 13, 1865: Has Branchville been abandoned?

The Richmond Daily Dispatch extrapolates from reports that Sherman must have taken Branchville already. This means that the rebel troops must be fortified beyond the Santee river, which gives them a strong position to defend Columbia, SC from attack. No … Continue reading

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February 11, 1865: Where’s Sherman?

The 13th Amendment New York TImes: The Proposed Constitutional Amendment in Indiana. The joint resolution ratifying the Constitutional Amendment passed the Senate to-day by a vote of 20 to 9. One Democrat voted in the affirmative. The House expected to … Continue reading

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February 7, 1865: A deal from Wheeler

Wheeler has a proposal to Howard’s troops; he’ll quit burning cotton if they’ll quit burning houses. Official Records 99:330 GRAHAM’S, S. C., February 7, 1865. Major General O. O. HOWARD, U. S. Army, Commanding, etc.: GENERAL: I have the honor … Continue reading

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February 6, 1865: Sherman takes the SC Railroad

Howard’s troops under Black Jack Logan have taken possession of the South Carolina Railroad, and Sherman orders them to destroy it “effectually, viz, every rail must be twisted”. This cuts communication between Charleston and Augusta. Richmond Daily Dispatch: From South … Continue reading

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February 5, 1865: Howard ordered to take the railroad

Howard’s right wing of Sherman’s force, having crossed the Salkehatchie, is ordered to press on to take the South Carolina Railroad. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Buford’s Bridge, February 5, 1865. Major-General LOGAN, Commanding … Continue reading

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