Category Archives: Savannah

January 27, 1865: Ugly Sherman

The Richmond Daily Dispatch runs a fair and balanced portrait of Sherman and the situation in Savannah. I learned something new from this — turns out “Mokanna” refers to “Al-Muqanna“, a muslim prophet who wore a veil; depending on your … Continue reading

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January 15, 1865: Sherman’s mild policies in Savannah

The New York Times runs a report from a Charleston paper about the situation at Savannah. Even in Charleston, they admit that he hasn’t been harsh to them. Of course, the poor deluded blacks have come to their senses and … Continue reading

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January 14, 1865: Protecting commerce in Savannah

Sherman takes steps to protect the local markets and the nascent reconstruction of the local government. Official Records: SPECIAL HDQRS. MIL. DIV. OF THE MISSISSIPPI, FIELD ORDERS, In the Field, Savannah, Ga., Numbers 12. January 14, 1865. It being represented … Continue reading

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December 31, 1864: Black troops will garrison Savannah

Halleck has already urged Sherman to make a gesture toward the well-being of escaped slaves to improve his PR with northern abolitionists. Now a related dispute arises; Halleck wants able-bodied former slaves who followed Sherman to continue to serve as … Continue reading

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December 30, 1864: Sherman and the “negroes”

News of the incident at Ebenezer Creek, where Jeff C. Davis took up the pontoon bridge, abandoning hundreds of escaped slaves to recapture by Wheeler’s cavalry or drowning, has reached the north. Sherman is under considerable criticism from abolitionists in … Continue reading

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December 26, 1864: Thank you note from Lincoln

Lincoln thanks Sherman for his Christmas present quite graciously: “the honor is all yours; for I believe none of us went further than to acquiesce”. Stanton wishes Sherman had captured Hardee’s army. Official Records: EXECUTIVE MANSION, Washington, December 26, 1864. … Continue reading

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December 24, 1864: Sherman to Grant

Sherman responds to Grant, happy that he doesn’t have to send his troops north by ship, and making plans for his assault on South Carolina. Is Charleston worth taking — for the symbolic significance if nothing else? Official Records: HEADQUARTERS … Continue reading

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December 22, 1864: A Christmas present for Lincoln

Sherman has taken Savannah without a shot fired, and famously presents it as a Christmas present to the President. I also include a more detailed dispatch to Grant from John G. Foster, the commander of the Union-occupied territories of the … 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 18, 1864: Preparing an assault on Savannah

Sherman, now that Hardee has declined to surrender Savannah, orders artillery readied for an assault. He also directs that the road to Charleston be broken to prevent Savannah’s resupply. Note that he has been ordered to take his troops by … Continue reading

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