Category Archives: Henry Halleck

September 22, 1864: Farragut’s unwell

Looks like Farragut isn’t going to be able to do much to further Sherman’s grand plan, but he will wait on the east coast to support Sherman if he heads for the sea. NEW ORLEANS, LA., September 22, 1864. Major-General … Continue reading

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September 16, 1864: Halleck congratulates Sherman

Sherman and Halleck were old friends, and occasionally they wrote each other warm personal notes. In this letter, Halleck praises Sherman’s Atlanta campaign, commiserates with him over the state “Negro recruiters”, and dishes a little dirt on Hooker, who left … Continue reading

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August 26, 1864: Heading for Jonesboro

Sherman has decided to draw Hood out of his defenses. He sends the Twentieth Corps to hold on to the north side of Atlanta, while the rest of his army proceeds south in three columns to break the railroads to … Continue reading

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August 24, 1864: Sherman prepares to move south

In his daily report to Halleck, Sherman announces that he’ll be starting his planning circuit around the south of Atlanta tomorrow. He warns that he won’t be in touch for a while. Official Records: NEAR ATLANTA, GA., August 24, 1864-7.15 … Continue reading

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August 22, 1864: Kilpatrick returns.

After everyone got a little nervous, Kilpatrick returned from his Macon expedition, and reports considerable success. They broke up a fair amount of railroad track, and had a lot of prisoners, though they had to release them rather than haul … Continue reading

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August 20, 1864: Cavalry and rail on both sides

Wheeler’s cavalry are north of Atlanta trying to destroy Sherman’s supply line; they tore up the rails near Dalton, but they’re already repaired. Meanwhile Kilpatrick’s cavalry are tearing up the Macon railroad that constitutes Hood’s last supply line, and this … Continue reading

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August 18, 1864: Sherman could move south

Grant encourages Sherman to hold on; the fall of Atlanta is a matter of time. He agrees with Sherman that if his supply lines are cut, he could always head south, living off the land. While Grant would later express … Continue reading

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August 17, 1864: Breaking up the Macon railroad

While Wheeler’s cavalry is off on a raid, Sherman sends Kilpatrick to break up the Macon railroad. HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, near Atlanta, Ga., August 17, 1864. (Received 6 p. m. 18th) Major General H. … Continue reading

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August 13, 1864: Sherman’s plans

Sherman informs Halleck of his plans, to proceed around Atlanta destroying communications. His last sentence is prophetic: “If I should ever be cut off from my base, look out for me about Saint Mark’s, Fla., or Savannah, GA.” NEAR ATLANTA, … Continue reading

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August 7, 1864: Settling down to a siege?

Grant reassures Sherman that his progress is satisfactory, and Sherman asks for more recruits and proposes to besiege Atlanta at length. He also reminds Grant to get out of Washington as quickly as possible, to avoid contamination from politicians. WASHINGTON, … Continue reading

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