Category Archives: Wade Hampton

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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April 19, 1865: Wade Hampton won’t give up

Wade Hampton writes to Jefferson Davis to tell him that he plans to fight on across the Mississippi, and if necessary to go to Mexico to avoid ever surrendering. ” I shall never take the ‘oath of allegiance.’” In fact, … Continue reading

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April 8, 1865: Sherman and Grant plan the end

Sherman, having finally heard from Grant after the fall of Richmond, repeats his plans in detail. He will pursue Johnston, with Grant pursuing Lee, hoping to push them together and corner them. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, … 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 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 27, 1865: Wade Hampton responds to Sherman

Wade Hampton responds to Sherman’s threat of retaliation for the killing of captured foragers. Official Records: In the Field, February 27, 1865. Major General W. T. SHERMAN, U. S. Army: GENERAL: Your communication of the 24th instant reached me to-day. … Continue reading

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February 24, 1865: Sherman to Wade Hampton

Wade Hampton ********************************************** Sherman puts Wade Hampton, commander of the rebel cavalry, on notice that he will retaliate for killing of foragers. HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, February 24, 1865. Lieutenant General WADE HAMPTON, Commanding Cavalry … Continue reading

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