Category Archives: Henry Halleck

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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October 2, 1864: Halleck doesn’t like Sherman’s plan

Sherman wrote to Grant yesterday that he views Hood’s advance northward as leaving Georgia open to attack. He has floated the idea of heading for the Georgia capital, Milledgeville, and ultimately to Savannah. Back in August, he suggested that if … Continue reading

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September 25, 1864: I’d take Augusta, but…

Sherman would like to take Augusta next, but with his supply line back to Chattanooga threatened, and no guarantee of resupplying if he pushes through to Savannah, he isn’t ready to move. Official Records: ATLANTA, GA., September 25, 1864-6. 30 … Continue reading

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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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