Category Archives: J.M. Schofield

May 10, 1865: Halleck to Stanton and Sherman

Halleck seems a bit two-faced, as he tells Stanton not to let Schofield command North Carolina, since he was involved in Sherman’s treaty with Johnston — then he writes to Sherman on the same day to tell him what a … Continue reading

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May 7, 1865: Chase advocates black suffrage

Chief Justice Salmon Chase wrote to Lincoln before his assassination advocating enfranchising freed slaves. Afterward, he had the letters printed up for distribution, and he sent copies to Sherman (see response yesterday), and to Schofield. Official Records: U. S. STEAMER … Continue reading

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May 6, 1865: Sherman advises against enfranchising black men.

Sherman writes to Salmon P. Chase to try to persuade him not to go forward with plans to enfranchise freed slaves. He feels that it will reignite the war. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI. Steamer Russia, Beaufort … Continue reading

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May 5, 1865: Arrest Extra Billy

Halleck orders the arrest of the Governor of Virginia, William “Extra Billy” Smith. Official Records: RICHMOND, VA., May 5, 1865-4 p. m. Major General W. T. SHERMAN, or Major-General SCHOFIELD: Endeavor to arrest Governor “Extra” Billy Smith. He is believed … Continue reading

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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 14, 1865: Sherman heads for Goldsborough

Sherman reports to Grant that he’s trying to join up with Schofield, and both will make for Goldsboro, while feinting toward Raleigh to keep the rebel cavalry from concentrating against them. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In … 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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September 2, 1864: Atlanta falls

General Henry W. Slocum During the night of the 1st, Hood blew up the ammo dumps in Atlanta and evacuated his forces from the city. Sherman, south of the city with most of his armies attacking Hood’s supply line at … Continue reading

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August 28, 1864: Sherman’s neckties

Sherman’s three armies are all assembling for the move to Jonesboro, and in the meantime they have instructions to take a day to thoroughly destroy the West Point and Atlanta railroad. Sherman gives Thomas explicit instructions on the best way … Continue reading

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August 27, 1864: Sherman’s armies move south

Howard’s Army of the Tennessee constitutes the right wing of Sherman’s southward advance. Schofield’s Army of the Ohio is on the left, and Thomas’s Army of the Cumberland is in the center. They’re pulling out of their positions and negotiating … Continue reading

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