Category Archives: South Carolina

July 24, 1865: Black and white in Charleston

Friction between black and white Union troops in Charleston. CHARLESTON, S.C., Saturday, July 15, 1865. The people of Charleston have just passed through a fiery ordeal. For two weeks past, until within the last three days, it has been dangerous … 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 30, 1865: Beecher wants to go to Charleston

The prominent abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher is anxious to go to Charleston for the planned celebration of the recapture of Fort Sumter. It’s a big occasion, and he seems a bit impatient with the Secretary of War for not getting … Continue reading

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March 10, 1865: Monroe’s Crossroads, or Kilpatrick’s Shirttail Skedaddle

The contemporary accounts don’t give you much of the juicy detail on this minor battle — the rebel troops, as Mitchell notes below, took Kilpatrick’s camp by surprise, and in the process, Kilpatrick had to make a run for it … Continue reading

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March 8, 1865: Gentler treatment of North Carolina

Several generals have complained about the devastation caused by unsupervised foragers, and the general vindictiveness shown by the Union troops against South Carolina, the leader of the secession movement. Now that Sherman’s men are crossing into North Carolina, the new … Continue reading

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March 6, 1865: An accident outside Cheraw

Official Records: HDQRS. FIRST DIVISION, FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Near Grant’s Mill, S. C., March 6, 1865. Major MAX WOODHULL, Assistant Adjutant-General, Fifteenth Army Corps: MAJOR: I respectfully report that in compliance with orders received from you I left my camp … 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 28, 1865: Logan delayed, and a skirmish

“Black Jack” Logan ******************************************* Logan is trying to cross Lynch’s Creek, but high water is causing him problems. In the process some of his men had a battle with rebel cavalry, with indecisive results. HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE, Tiller’s … Continue reading

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February 22, 1865: Charleston falls, US flag raised over Fort Sumter

[Preparations to raise the old flag at Fort Sumter, April 1865]. Columbia having fallen, Charleston could not be held, and the rebels evacuated. On February 22, a national celebration was held to commemorate the raising of the US flag over … Continue reading

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February 19, 1865: Providing for Columbia

I guess the Pottery Barn rule applies: You break it, you bought it. Howard works to provide some food for the destitute in Columbia, especially the former slaves, and they provide some firearms for the local police to keep the … Continue reading

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