Category Archives: Oliver O. Howard

February 7, 1865: A deal from Wheeler

Wheeler has a proposal to Howard’s troops; he’ll quit burning cotton if they’ll quit burning houses. Official Records 99:330 GRAHAM’S, S. C., February 7, 1865. Major General O. O. HOWARD, U. S. Army, Commanding, etc.: GENERAL: I have the honor … Continue reading

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February 6, 1865: Sherman takes the SC Railroad

Howard’s troops under Black Jack Logan have taken possession of the South Carolina Railroad, and Sherman orders them to destroy it “effectually, viz, every rail must be twisted”. This cuts communication between Charleston and Augusta. Richmond Daily Dispatch: From South … Continue reading

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February 5, 1865: Howard ordered to take the railroad

Howard’s right wing of Sherman’s force, having crossed the Salkehatchie, is ordered to press on to take the South Carolina Railroad. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Buford’s Bridge, February 5, 1865. Major-General LOGAN, Commanding … Continue reading

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February 3, 1865: Crossing the Salkehatchie

Weaver’s [Wever’s?] Brigade Crossing the Salkehatchie ********************************************** Slocum’s wing was still trying to get across the Savannah River, while Howard’s wing, already north of the Savannah, needed to cross the Salkehatchie. The crossing at Rivers’ Bridge was defended by 1200 … Continue reading

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February 2, 1865: Approaching Rivers’ Bridge

Sherman’s advance is delayed because Slocum’s pontoon bridge over the Savannah River was washed away. Meanwhile, Howard’s wing needs to cross the Salkehatchie River, and is moving into position to attack a Confederate force at Rivers’ Bridge. They’d like to … Continue reading

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January 31, 1865: Slocum goes through Lawtonville, SC

Howard moves on the right, while Slocum on the left is reported moving through Lawtonville, near the Savannah River. I assume this is skirmishers or cavalry, as Slocum is having trouble getting across the river at Sister’s Ferry due to … Continue reading

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December 21, 1864: Sherman takes Savannah

Sherman’s army in Savannah ****************************************************** Hardee evacuated Savannah over the night of December 20-21, and Sherman’s troops, discovering the city undefended, occupied it on the morning of the 21st. The mayor appeals to Sherman to protect the people and property. … Continue reading

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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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December 12, 1864: Sherman heads for Fort McAllister; contact with the fleet

Sherman’s men are approaching Savannah, and Gen. Young worries that they’ll cut the crossing at Screven’s Ferry. He’s right, as Sherman is sending Hazen’s division that way to take Fort McAllister tomorrow. Meanwhile, Jefferson Davis realizes that they need more … Continue reading

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December 11, 1864: Still trying to reach the fleet.

Gen. O. O. Howard *********************************** Howard says the best bet is to take Fort McAllister, just south of Savannah. He’s still trying to communicate with the Union fleet offshore. Meanwhile, the defenders are trying to block Sherman’s advance, but lack … Continue reading

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