Category Archives: Oliver O. Howard

April 5, 1865: Sherman still wondering what’s happening

Apparently the dispatches from Grant haven’t gotten to Sherman’s army yet. Howard wonders what’s going on at Richmond. Official Records: HEADUARTERS ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE, New Berne, April 5, 1865. COMMANDING OFFICER, Morehead City: Please inform me what news there … Continue reading

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March 19, 1865: Bentonville

Rebel Charge at Bentonville ********************************************************* Sherman’s men have run into Johnston’s troops outside of Bentonville, North Carolina. FALLING CREEK CHURCH, March 19, 1865-1. 15 p. m. Major-General SHERMAN, Commanding-in-Chief, &c.: GENERAL: One of General Logan’s scouts has just returned from … Continue reading

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March 8, 1865: Gentler treatment of North Carolina

Several generals have complained about the devastation caused by unsupervised foragers, and the general vindictiveness shown by the Union troops against South Carolina, the leader of the secession movement. Now that Sherman’s men are crossing into North Carolina, the new … Continue reading

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March 5, 1865: Swearing

Howard orders that the offensive use of foul language on the march be curbed. Official Records: GENERAL HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT AND FIELD ORDERS, ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE, Numbers 12. Cheraw, S. C., March 5, 1865. The attention of officers and soldiers … Continue reading

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March 1, 1865: Slocum gets across Lynch’s creek

After a sharp skirmish and some trouble with high water, Slocum crosses Lynch’s creek. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Ferily’s Bridge, Lynch’s Creek, March 1, 1865. General O. O. HOWARD, Commanding Right Wing: GENERAL: … Continue reading

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February 28, 1865: Logan delayed, and a skirmish

“Black Jack” Logan ******************************************* Logan is trying to cross Lynch’s Creek, but high water is causing him problems. In the process some of his men had a battle with rebel cavalry, with indecisive results. HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE, Tiller’s … Continue reading

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February 23, 1865: Retaliation for killing foragers

Sherman orders prisoners shot in retaliation for killing of foragers in South Carolina. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Rocky Mount, February 23, 1865-10 a.m. Major-General HOWARD, Commanding Right Wing: GENERAL: I have just been … Continue reading

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February 19, 1865: Providing for Columbia

I guess the Pottery Barn rule applies: You break it, you bought it. Howard works to provide some food for the destitute in Columbia, especially the former slaves, and they provide some firearms for the local police to keep the … Continue reading

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February 18, 1865: Taking care of what’s left of Columbia

Gen. Howard issues orders to get Columbia under control. The fires are out, and men threatening more destruction will be arrested. They’ll destroy the railroad thoroughly, as well as any public property that would be of use to the rebels. … Continue reading

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February 17, 1865: Columbia falls to Sherman

The 13th Amendment New York Times: The Legislature of Louisiana has ratified the Constitutional Amendment for the Abolition of Slavery. On the 13th Gov. HAHN sent to the House an official copy of the Act of Congress; the House adopted … Continue reading

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