Category Archives: Henry Halleck

December 14, 1864: News of Sherman reaches New York

The New York Times publishes the first dispatches from Savannah, brought by a scout in Howard’s army to the Union fleet. Sunday, December 7, 2014 3:00 PM WASHINGTON, Wednesday, Dec. 14. The following telegram has been received at the War … Continue reading

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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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October 28, 1864: Not going after Hood

Sherman tells Halleck that he’s not going back northwest after Hood. Official Records 79:476 ROME, GA., October 28, 1864-8. 30 p. m. (Received 12 p. m.) Major General H. W. HALLECK, Chief of Staff: The rebel army is now before … 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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October 19, 1864: The purpose of Sherman’s March

Sherman explains his plans to Halleck. Hood is going to Blue Mountain, at the end of the Selma and Talladega road (surely that should be a fast road to travel). Meanwhile, Sherman will destroy the rail line from Chattanooga to … Continue reading

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October 13, 1864: Grant to Stanton — Let Sherman go.

Grant tells Secretary Stanton that he agrees with Sherman’s plan to head for Savannah. He then orders Halleck to prepare supplies to be sent to Savannah to meet Sherman’s armies when they arrive. He tells Halleck that Thomas should abandon … Continue reading

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October 11, 1864: I can do it.

Sherman writes to Halleck, thanking him for supporting his decision to evacuate Atlanta, and again explains his view that it is harder to hold Atlanta than to take it. He wants to tear up the railroad to Chattanooga and push … Continue reading

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October 4, 1864: Grant sides with Sherman

Yesterday, Halleck wrote to Grant to urge him (although he denied that was what he was doing) to send Sherman to Mobile rather than Savannah. Grant replies that Savannah is the only viable option now. Official Records: CONFIDENTIAL.] HDQRS. ARMIES … Continue reading

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