Category Archives: Atlanta

November 14, 1864: Sherman destroys Atlanta

From Sherman’s report: The whole force was moved rapidly and grouped about Atlanta on the 14th of November. In the meantime Captain O. M. Poe had thoroughly destroyed Atlanta, save its mere dwelling-houses and churches, and the Right Wing, with … Continue reading

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November 14, 1864: Richmond Daily Dispatch misses the boat on Sherman

From Sherman’s official report 92:8 The whole force was moved rapidly and grouped about Atlanta on the 14th of November. In the meantime Captain O. M. Poe had thoroughly destroyed Atlanta, save its mere dwelling-houses and churches, and the Right … Continue reading

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November 12, 1864: Sherman’s march begins

From Sherman’s official report: On the 12th of November my army stood detached and cut off from all communication with the rear. It was composed of four corps-the Fifteenth and Seventeenth, constituting the Right wing, under Major General O. O. … Continue reading

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November 5, 1864: Slocum, move out.

Sherman divided his forces into two armies for the March to the Sea; the Army of Georgia under Gen. Slocum, and the Army of the Tennessee, under O.O. Howard. Here he orders Slocum to move to the outskirts of Atlanta … Continue reading

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November 3, 1864: Sherman plans for Beauregard to “burst with French despair”.

Pierre G.T. Beauregard ********************************************** Sherman tells Halleck that he’s trying to disencumber himself of all the stuff people have accumulated, in preparation for his march. He proposes that Thomas push up the Tennessee while Canby uses the Alabama River, and … Continue reading

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October 31, 1864: What supplies can’t be got we must do without.

Official Records 79:530 Sherman and his quartermaster discuss the logistics of the simultaneous movement of the Army of the Ohio and of surplus supplies north to Nashville. Sherman says to move the troops. ATLANTA, October 31, 1864. Major-General SHERMAN: Your … Continue reading

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October 13, 1864: Grant to Stanton — Let Sherman go.

Grant tells Secretary Stanton that he agrees with Sherman’s plan to head for Savannah. He then orders Halleck to prepare supplies to be sent to Savannah to meet Sherman’s armies when they arrive. He tells Halleck that Thomas should abandon … Continue reading

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October 11, 1864: I can do it.

Sherman writes to Halleck, thanking him for supporting his decision to evacuate Atlanta, and again explains his view that it is harder to hold Atlanta than to take it. He wants to tear up the railroad to Chattanooga and push … Continue reading

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October 6, 1864: Sherman supports Corse

Gen. Corse before he was shot in the face. ***************************************************** Corse was wounded rather badly in the defense of Altoona, but despite “losing a cheek bone and an ear”, he retained command and repulsed the rebels. Sherman is following up … Continue reading

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October 1, 1864: Sherman has an idea.

Sherman writes to Grant. Hood seems likely to be heading north to threaten Tennessee. Here’s a thought: let Hood go to Tennessee, where Thomas has already been detached, and in the meantime, Sherman can march across Georgia. To someplace on … Continue reading

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