Category Archives: William J. Hardee

December 8, 1864: Sherman approaches Savannah

Gen. Beauregard ************************************************************** Sherman is nearing Savannah, and he’s planning his assault on the city. Wheeler reports what he knows, but clearly his cavalry are insufficient to keep an eye on all of Sherman’s forces. Hardee is in charge of … Continue reading

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December 7, 1864: Hardee tries to defend Savannah

The rebels continue to fight a guerrilla action against Sherman’s advance, felling trees across the road and burning bridges, but the pioneers — including lots of former slaves freed by the advancing columns — clear the road, build bridges, and … Continue reading

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December 4, 1864: Last chance to stop Sherman

Bragg reports they’re trying to block Sherman’s progress toward Savannah. Rebel troops are being gathered in the Savannah area. Official Records 92:927 AUGUSTA, December 4, 1864. (Received 1 p. m.) Colonel JOHN B. SALE, Military Secretary, Richmond: The column is … Continue reading

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November 17, 1864: Hardee ordered to Macon

Jefferson Davis, acting as always as his own General-in-Chief, orders General Hardee to take his command to Georgia to oppose Sherman, scraping together troops anywhere he can. Official Records: RICHMOND, [November 17, 1864]. General HARDEE, Charleston: It is reported that … Continue reading

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September 18, 1864: Hardee, get a move on.

Hood needs Hardee to move to arrange his counterattack on Sherman. Official Records: LOVEJOY’S STATION, GA., September 18, 1864. Lieutenant-General HARDEE, Jonesborough: If you do not move to-day, General Hood expects you to march and get into position to-morrow. He … Continue reading

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September 1, 1864: Union breakthrough at Jonesboro

The Fourteenth Corps of Union general Jefferson C. “Don’t forget that middle initial” Davis (with some assistance from the fifteenth corps) moves against Hardee’s defenses at Jonesboro, breaks through, and takes about 1000 prisoners. Hardee isn’t going to get back … Continue reading

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August 31, 1864: Trying to keep Hardee separated from Hood

Sherman’s three armies are tearing up the railroad as they proceed south toward Jonesboro. Hardee went south with two corps to oppose them, not realizing the strength of the forces present. He attacked on Howard on the 31st and was … Continue reading

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July 29, 1864: Spy reports on Atlanta

A spy returning from Atlanta describes the situation. The soldiers aren’t happy about Hood’s aggressive tactics. Official Records: HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, FOURTH ARMY CORPS, Near Atlanta, Ga., July 29, 1864. Lieutenant Colonel J. S. FULLERTON; COLONEL: Moore, a scout, whom … Continue reading

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July 22, 1864: Battle of Atlanta

Sherman’s troops report that Hood has abandoned Atlanta. Actually, he’s sent Hardee around Sherman’s left in a night march for a surprise attack on McPherson’s left. Although McPherson suspected something and strengthened his left, the fighting was still fierce and … Continue reading

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January 2, 1865: Sherman is in South Carolina

Gen. William Hardee ************************************************************** The Richmond Daily Dispatch has a dispatch from Hardee indicating that Sherman’s troops have crossed the Savannah river into South Carolina. And once again, they’re out of touch and I’ll be scrounging for reports. Sherman’s movements. … Continue reading

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