Category Archives: William J. Hardee

March 21, 1865: Full report on Bentonville

Sherman reports to Grant on the events from the 14th through the 21st. He reports that Johnston tried and failed to break Slocum’s wing, while Schofield took Goldsborough. He plans to rest the troops a bit, and then move toward … Continue reading

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March 16, 1865: Averasborough

Gen. William J. Hardee ****************************************************** Slocum runs into Hardee and has a sharp skirmish; losses on both sides, but Hardee loses cannon and retreats into Averasborough. HDQRS. FOURTH DIVISION, FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS, In the Field, near Little Cohera Creek, N. … Continue reading

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February 3, 1865: Crossing the Salkehatchie

Weaver’s [Wever’s?] Brigade Crossing the Salkehatchie ********************************************** Slocum’s wing was still trying to get across the Savannah River, while Howard’s wing, already north of the Savannah, needed to cross the Salkehatchie. The crossing at Rivers’ Bridge was defended by 1200 … Continue reading

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January 17, 1865: Borrowing troops from the Army of the Tennessee?

I couldn’t follow everything about this exchange from what was in the official records, but apparently Beauregard and others agree that the Army of the Tennessee needs to be reorganized — not surprising, since it was pretty much destroyed by … Continue reading

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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 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 9, 1865: Jeff Davis micromanages the cavalry

In case there was any doubt about President Davis’ tendency to micromanage military affairs, here’s a series of dispatches between him and Hardee about the cavalry. RICHMOND, VA., January 7, 1865. General W. J. HARDEE, Charleston, S. C.: You will … 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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December 21, 1864: Sherman takes Savannah

Sherman’s army in Savannah ****************************************************** Hardee evacuated Savannah over the night of December 20-21, and Sherman’s troops, discovering the city undefended, occupied it on the morning of the 21st. The mayor appeals to Sherman to protect the people and property. … Continue reading

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December 18, 1864: Preparing an assault on Savannah

Sherman, now that Hardee has declined to surrender Savannah, orders artillery readied for an assault. He also directs that the road to Charleston be broken to prevent Savannah’s resupply. Note that he has been ordered to take his troops by … Continue reading

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