Category Archives: Henry Halleck

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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August 1, 1864: Stoneman captured

Sherman finds out that the missing Stoneman, and his subordinate McCook, have been captured south of Atlanta. While he succeeded in destroying some railroad beforehand, it’s a major blow to Sherman. Here he pieces together the story, and in conclusion, … Continue reading

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July 22, 1864: Battle of Atlanta

Sherman’s troops report that Hood has abandoned Atlanta. Actually, he’s sent Hardee around Sherman’s left in a night march for a surprise attack on McPherson’s left. Although McPherson suspected something and strengthened his left, the fighting was still fierce and … Continue reading

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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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