Category Archives: Henry Halleck

July 16, 1864: Halleck writes a private note to Sherman

Halleck always thought more highly of Sherman than of Grant, and in a private letter to Sherman, he’s pretty strongly critical of Grant’s strategy. He blames Grant for letting Ewell threaten Washington, and thinks Grant’s made “a fatal mistake” in … Continue reading

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July 15, 1864: Grant’s master plan

Grant describes his overall strategy to Halleck. First, he wants all possible troops trained and ready. Sherman must get all the rail transport that can be found in order to keep him supplied. He views the fall of Atlanta as … Continue reading

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July 14, 1864: Sherman ready to cross, but don’t send any recruiters

Sherman’s daily report to Halleck includes a brief tirade about government hangers-on generally — “The Sanitary and Christian Commissions are enough to eradicate all traces of Christianity out of our minds” — but more specifically against sending recruiters. While the … Continue reading

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July 11, 1864: We have the advantage

Sherman is bridging the Chattahoochee, and pursuing Johnston closely. Official Records: NEAR CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER, GA., July 11, 1864-7 a. m. (Received 9.15 a. m. 13th.) Major General H. W. HALLECK, Washington, D. C.: The enemy is now all beyond the … Continue reading

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July 9, 1864: Poised to cross the Chattahoochee

Sherman’s troops have secured crossings over the Chattahoochee, and are threatening to flank Johnston. Sherman sent two dispatches to Halleck today, one the usual daily report, and one more personal in tone. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, … Continue reading

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July 7, 1864: Roswell burned, and sidling to the left.

Sherman reports to Halleck on the successful destruction of the factories at Roswell, and announces his plan to flank Johnston on the left for a change. And he throws in a reminder not to talk to the newspapers. Official Records: … Continue reading

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July 6, 1864: Sherman plans to encircle Atlanta

Sherman confronts Johnston north of the Chattahoochee. He isn’t going to try for a repeat of Kennesaw Mountain — he’ll travel all around Atlanta instead, cutting the rail supply lines until Johnston has to move. Official Records: Major General H. … Continue reading

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July 5, 1864: Johnston in a new entrenched position.

Sherman finds that Johnston hasn’t crossed the Chattahoochee after all, and he is in fact entrenched with the river behind him, despite the rules of all the military strategists. Sherman has sent Garrard to take Roswell, which he fears will … Continue reading

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June 29, 1864: Sherman resumes his flanking tactics.

Sherman reports to Halleck about his loss at Kennesaw, and he understates it — he actually lost more like 3000 men in the battle. Nevertheless, he’s back to his old pattern of sidling around Johnston’s left. Official Records: NEAR KENESAW, … Continue reading

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June 25, 1864: Planning to break Johnston’s line

Sherman reports that it’s just skirmishing at the moment, but he’s going to hit Johnston’s line head on. It sounds reasonable as he presents it to Halleck. Official Records: NEAR KENESAW MOUNTAIN, GA., June 25, 1864-8 p. m. (Received 10 … Continue reading

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