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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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October 1, 1864: Sherman has an idea.

Sherman writes to Grant. Hood seems likely to be heading north to threaten Tennessee. Here’s a thought: let Hood go to Tennessee, where Thomas has already been detached, and in the meantime, Sherman can march across Georgia. To someplace on … Continue reading

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September 30, 1864: Hood moving north

John Bell Hood ************************************************** Sherman finds that Forrest is threatening Nashville, while at least part of Hood’s infantry is north of the Chattahoochee. While there is some cause for concern, leading Thomas to forbid furloughs for his troops till the … Continue reading

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September 29, 1864: Sherman exchanges prisoners

Sherman has completed an exchange of 2000 prisoners, and is happy to have them out of Andersonville. Hood is still south of Atlanta. Sherman has sent Thomas to clear rebels out of Tennessee, and he plans to head for Milledgeville, … Continue reading

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