Category Archives: Joseph Wheeler

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 16, 1865: Kilpatrick routing the rebels

The 13th Amendment New York TImes: CARSON, Thursday, Feb. 16. The Nevada Legislature has just ratified the amendment to the Constitution of the United States, abolishing slavery. There was only one vote in each House in the negative — both … Continue reading

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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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January 9, 1865: Jeff Davis micromanages the cavalry

In case there was any doubt about President Davis’ tendency to micromanage military affairs, here’s a series of dispatches between him and Hardee about the cavalry. RICHMOND, VA., January 7, 1865. General W. J. HARDEE, Charleston, S. C.: You will … 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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December 8, 1864: Sherman approaches Savannah

Gen. Beauregard ************************************************************** Sherman is nearing Savannah, and he’s planning his assault on the city. Wheeler reports what he knows, but clearly his cavalry are insufficient to keep an eye on all of Sherman’s forces. Hardee is in charge of … Continue reading

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August 23, 1864: News of Wheeler

Wheeler’s cavalry, sent north to attack Sherman’s supply lines, were defeated at Dalton, in part by the stout resistance of the 14th US Colored Troops regiment. The Richmond Daily Dispatch can only call their reports about this “muddled” — which … Continue reading

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August 21, 1864: Where’s Kilpatrick?

Part of Kilpatrick’s cavalry were cut off after doing some damage to the railroad, and have returned. Still no news of Kilpatrick’s main force, and Sherman’s getting a little concerned — after all, look what happened to Stoneman. Meanwhile, the … 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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July 31, 1864: Where’s Stoneman?

Sherman’s cavalry, sent out to break the railroads in the rear of Atlanta, seem to be having some issues. Garrard comes back having been repulsed by Wheeler’s rebel cavalry, while Stoneman is known only by rumor. If he’s gone to … Continue reading

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