Category Archives: Hugh Judson Kilpatrick

April 20, 1865: Sherman’s mistake — beaten by Breckinridge

The New York Times runs a story from the Cincinnati Commercial about the terms of Johnston’s surrender. The Commercial’s correspondent blames it on Confederate Secretary of War John Cabell Breckinridge: “Gen. SHERMAN, we fear, has made a very grave mistake, … 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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March 21, 1865: Full report on Bentonville

Sherman reports to Grant on the events from the 14th through the 21st. He reports that Johnston tried and failed to break Slocum’s wing, while Schofield took Goldsborough. He plans to rest the troops a bit, and then move toward … Continue reading

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March 11, 1865: Kilpatrick reports on the battle of Monroe’s Crossroad

Kilpatrick reports on his near capture by Wade Hampton’s cavalry. Still no mention of having to run off in his nightshirt, though. Official Records: HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY COMMAND, In the field, N. C., on Chicken Road, Eleven Miles from Fayetteville, March … 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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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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November 20, 1864: Kilpatrick feints on Macon, Blair’s men plunder plantations

From Sherman’s official report: During the 22nd [20th] General Kilpatrick made a good feint on Macon, driving the enemy within his intrenchments, and then drew back to Griswoldville, where Walcutt’s brigade of infantry joined him to cover that flank, whilst … Continue reading

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September 23, 1864: Hood up to something

Brig. Gen Hugh Judson Kilpatrick ************************************************ Kilpatrick reports to Sherman that Hood has cavalry across the Chattahoochee to his southwest, and is threatening the railroad line back to Chattanooga. Sherman’s position in Atlanta is precarious; he has to supply his … Continue reading

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September 20, 1864: Hood on the move

Kilpatrick’s cavalry find that Hood is probing northward, while apparently the infantry are preparing to make a pontoon bridge crossing of the Chattahoochee somewhere. Sherman’s keeping an eye on them. HDQRS. THIRD CAV., DIV., DEPT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Camp Crooks, … Continue reading

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August 27, 1864: Sherman’s armies move south

Howard’s Army of the Tennessee constitutes the right wing of Sherman’s southward advance. Schofield’s Army of the Ohio is on the left, and Thomas’s Army of the Cumberland is in the center. They’re pulling out of their positions and negotiating … Continue reading

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