Category Archives: Savannah

December 17, 1864: Sherman demands the surrender of Savannah

From Sherman’s official report: On the 17th, a number of 30-pounder Parrott guns having reached King’s Bridge, I proceeded in person to the headquarters of Major-General Slocum, on the Augusta road, and dispatched thence into Savannah, by flag of truce, … Continue reading

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December 15, 1864: Battle of Nashville

From Sherman’s official report: After making communications to those officers, and a short communication to the War Department, I returned to Fort McAllister that night, and before daylight was overtaken by Major Strong, of General Foster’s staff, advising me that … Continue reading

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December 14, 1864: News of Sherman reaches New York

The New York Times publishes the first dispatches from Savannah, brought by a scout in Howard’s army to the Union fleet. Sunday, December 7, 2014 3:00 PM WASHINGTON, Wednesday, Dec. 14. The following telegram has been received at the War … Continue reading

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December 13, 1864: Sherman takes Fort McAllister

From Sherman’s official report: The enemy had burned the road bridge across the Ogeechee, just below the mouth of the Cannouchee, known as King’s Bridge. This was reconstructed in an incredibly short time, in the most substantial manner, by the … Continue reading

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December 12, 1864: Sherman heads for Fort McAllister; contact with the fleet

Sherman’s men are approaching Savannah, and Gen. Young worries that they’ll cut the crossing at Screven’s Ferry. He’s right, as Sherman is sending Hazen’s division that way to take Fort McAllister tomorrow. Meanwhile, Jefferson Davis realizes that they need more … 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 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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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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December 7, 1864: Hardee tries to defend Savannah

The rebels continue to fight a guerrilla action against Sherman’s advance, felling trees across the road and burning bridges, but the pioneers — including lots of former slaves freed by the advancing columns — clear the road, build bridges, and … Continue reading

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