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March 10, 1865: Monroe’s Crossroads, or Kilpatrick’s Shirttail Skedaddle

The contemporary accounts don’t give you much of the juicy detail on this minor battle — the rebel troops, as Mitchell notes below, took Kilpatrick’s camp by surprise, and in the process, Kilpatrick had to make a run for it … Continue reading

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March 8, 1865: Gentler treatment of North Carolina

Several generals have complained about the devastation caused by unsupervised foragers, and the general vindictiveness shown by the Union troops against South Carolina, the leader of the secession movement. Now that Sherman’s men are crossing into North Carolina, the new … Continue reading

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March 5, 1865: Swearing

Howard orders that the offensive use of foul language on the march be curbed. Official Records: GENERAL HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT AND FIELD ORDERS, ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE, Numbers 12. Cheraw, S. C., March 5, 1865. The attention of officers and soldiers … Continue reading

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March 3, 1865: Lee in trouble.

New York Times It is not unsafe, though in the absence of all specific information, to conjecture that SHERMAN may now be directing his march straight upon Raleigh by way of Cheraw and Fayetteville. We learn from the Southern papers, … Continue reading

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March 1, 1865: Slocum gets across Lynch’s creek

After a sharp skirmish and some trouble with high water, Slocum crosses Lynch’s creek. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Ferily’s Bridge, Lynch’s Creek, March 1, 1865. General O. O. HOWARD, Commanding Right Wing: GENERAL: … Continue reading

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February 28, 1865: Logan delayed, and a skirmish

“Black Jack” Logan ******************************************* Logan is trying to cross Lynch’s Creek, but high water is causing him problems. In the process some of his men had a battle with rebel cavalry, with indecisive results. HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE, Tiller’s … Continue reading

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February 27, 1865: Wade Hampton responds to Sherman

Wade Hampton responds to Sherman’s threat of retaliation for the killing of captured foragers. Official Records: In the Field, February 27, 1865. Major General W. T. SHERMAN, U. S. Army: GENERAL: Your communication of the 24th instant reached me to-day. … Continue reading

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February 24, 1865: Sherman to Wade Hampton

Wade Hampton ********************************************** Sherman puts Wade Hampton, commander of the rebel cavalry, on notice that he will retaliate for killing of foragers. HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, February 24, 1865. Lieutenant General WADE HAMPTON, Commanding Cavalry … Continue reading

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February 24, 1865: Hazen takes Camden

Gen. Hazen reports on his capture of the town of Camden. Official Records: HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Kelly’s Bridge, S. C., February 26, 1865. Major MAX. WOODHULL, Assistant Adjutant-General: I have not previously reported concerning the capture of … Continue reading

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February 23, 1865: Retaliation for killing foragers

Sherman orders prisoners shot in retaliation for killing of foragers in South Carolina. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Rocky Mount, February 23, 1865-10 a.m. Major-General HOWARD, Commanding Right Wing: GENERAL: I have just been … Continue reading

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