Category Archives: Tennessee

November 3, 1864: Sherman plans for Beauregard to “burst with French despair”.

Pierre G.T. Beauregard ********************************************** Sherman tells Halleck that he’s trying to disencumber himself of all the stuff people have accumulated, in preparation for his march. He proposes that Thomas push up the Tennessee while Canby uses the Alabama River, and … Continue reading

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November 2, 1864: Sherman’s convinced Grant

Sherman’s and Grant’s messages from yesterday crossed in transit, apparently, and Grant is now convinced that Thomas has enough strength to take care of Hood. Grant gives his consent for Sherman to make the march. Official Records: CITY POINT, VA., … Continue reading

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November 1, 1864: Grant to Sherman — shouldn’t you get Hood first?

Grant suggests to Sherman that maybe he should take care of Hood before heading south, but Sherman isn’t having any. He knows that Hood would just retreat westward, and it would waste Sherman’s efforts so far. He’s determined to head … Continue reading

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October 31, 1864: What supplies can’t be got we must do without.

Official Records 79:530 Sherman and his quartermaster discuss the logistics of the simultaneous movement of the Army of the Ohio and of surplus supplies north to Nashville. Sherman says to move the troops. ATLANTA, October 31, 1864. Major-General SHERMAN: Your … Continue reading

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October 29, 1864: Smashing things generally

Beauregard has taken charge of the western rebel operations, and Sherman is making sure that Thomas has the resources to defend Tennessee against him. But Sherman isn’t going north — ” I propose myself to push straight down into the … Continue reading

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October 27, 1864: Sherman pares down his forces

Thomas needs troops to defend Tennessee in Sherman’s rear, and in any case Sherman has to have a highly mobile force for his planned march. Here Sherman sends the Fourth Corps to the rear, as well as other troops who … Continue reading

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October 27, 1864: Sherman pares down his ranks

Thomas needs troops to defend Tennessee in Sherman’s rear, and in any case Sherman has to have a highly mobile force for his planned march. Here Sherman sends the Fourth Corps to the rear, as well as other troops who … Continue reading

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October 22, 1864: Sherman’s supplies

The rebels are sending significant forces after Sherman’s communications, to besiege him in Atlanta. Meanwhile, supplies are accumulating in Chattanooga, and Sherman is preparing to stock up and cast loose. Official Records 79:401. WASHINGTON, October 22, 1864 – 4 p. … Continue reading

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June 14, 1864: Sherman wants to stop Forrest

Sherman is astonished that Sturgis could have been defeated by Forrest, and he’s sent A.J. Smith to help. Official Records: WAR DEPARTMENT, June 14, 1864 – 12 m. Major-General SHERMAN: We have just received from General Washburn report of battle … Continue reading

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June 12, 1864: Keeping Forrest busy

Sherman hasn’t heard yet about Forrest’s defeat of Sturgis on June 10. He wants the cavalry in Tennessee to keep Forrest off his supply lines, and he won’t be pleased when he hears the news. Official Records: HDQRS, MILITARY DIVISION … Continue reading

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