Category Archives: Sherman’s March

April 14, 1865: Johnston wants to parley

Johnston writes to Sherman requesting a “temporary suspension of active operations”, and Sherman responds that he can offer him the same terms Grant gave Lee. Official Records: HEADQUARTERS, In the Field, April 14, 1865. Major General W. T. SHERMAN, Commanding … Continue reading

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April 13, 1865: Sherman in Raleigh

Sherman takes Raleigh, and Johnston continues to retreat in front of him. Official Records: RALEIGH, N. C., April 13, 1865. (Received 7 p. m. 15th.) Lieutenant General U. S. GRANT, City Point, Va.: We entered Raleigh this morning. Johnston has … Continue reading

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April 12, 1865: Sherman will pursue Johnston

Sherman responds to the news of Lee’s surrender with a promise to pursue Johnston to Raleigh. He says he’ll offer the same terms Grant did, which would be a good idea. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In … Continue reading

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April 10, 1865: The excitement of victory

Halleck corresponds with Sherman about the anticipated surrender of Johnston. Official Records: HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY, Washington, April 10, 1865. Major General W. T. SHERMAN: MY DEAR GENERAL: Sergeant Rose brought me your letter and report yesterday. I have given … Continue reading

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April 8, 1865: Sherman and Grant plan the end

Sherman, having finally heard from Grant after the fall of Richmond, repeats his plans in detail. He will pursue Johnston, with Grant pursuing Lee, hoping to push them together and corner them. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, … Continue reading

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April 7, 1865: Sherman’s plan

Sherman’s heading for Raleigh. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Goldsborough, N. C., April 7, 1865. Major General H. W. HALLECK, Chief of Staff, Washington, D. C.: GENERAL: I have the honor herewith to send … Continue reading

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April 6, 1865: Grant and Sherman starting to get in touch

Joe Johnston ********************************************************** Grant and Sherman still don’t really have communications established. Sherman finally got the news about the fall of Richmond. Grant’s telling him to “push Johnston”, and fortunately that’s what Sherman plans to do anyway until he hears … Continue reading

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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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April 4, 1865: Grant’s master plan taking effect

The New York Times muses on the combination of simultaneous movements on various fronts that ultimately resulted in the fall of Richmond. GRANT’S PLANS. Published: April 4, 1865 -We have no doubt whatever that at the remarkable council at City … Continue reading

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March 29, 1865: Filthy Yankees

The Richmond Daily Dispatch notes that some of Sherman’s cavalry troops are being housed as prisoners in Richmond. Even for dirty Yankees, these appear to be noteworthy. It’s not surprising, considering that they have been living rough with very little … Continue reading

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