Category Archives: Henry W. Slocum

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 19, 1865: Bentonville

Rebel Charge at Bentonville ********************************************************* Sherman’s men have run into Johnston’s troops outside of Bentonville, North Carolina. FALLING CREEK CHURCH, March 19, 1865-1. 15 p. m. Major-General SHERMAN, Commanding-in-Chief, &c.: GENERAL: One of General Logan’s scouts has just returned from … Continue reading

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March 16, 1865: Averasborough

Gen. William J. Hardee ****************************************************** Slocum runs into Hardee and has a sharp skirmish; losses on both sides, but Hardee loses cannon and retreats into Averasborough. HDQRS. FOURTH DIVISION, FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS, In the Field, near Little Cohera Creek, N. … Continue reading

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March 1, 1865: Slocum gets across Lynch’s creek

After a sharp skirmish and some trouble with high water, Slocum crosses Lynch’s creek. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Ferily’s Bridge, Lynch’s Creek, March 1, 1865. General O. O. HOWARD, Commanding Right Wing: GENERAL: … 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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January 25, 1865: Sherman heading to Sister’s Ferry

Sherman sends order’s to the wing under Slocum to move on into South Carolina. He’ll meet them at Sister’s Ferry. Official Records: HEADQUARTERS LEFT WING, Savannah, Ga., January 25, 1865. Major-General SHERMAN, Commanding Military Division of the Mississippi: DEAR GENERAL: … 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 10, 1864: Sherman invests Savannah

From Sherman’s official report: No opposition from the enemy worth speaking of was encountered until the heads of columns were within fifteen miles of Savannah, where all the roads leading to the city were obstructed more or less by felled … Continue reading

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