Category Archives: Georgia

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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Book Review: The Half Has Never Been Told

The Half has Never Been Told: Slavery and the making of American capitalism, by Edward E. Baptist. New York: Basic Books, 2014. I can’t praise this book enough. Baptist has written one of the best history books I’ve ever read, … Continue reading

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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 26, 1865: Leaving South Carolina

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reprints an item from the Augusta Constitutionalist. [White] South Carolinians are fleeing to Georgia to escape Sherman. The whole spectacle “exemplifies at once the self sacrificing spirit of our people, and the dastardly and uncivilized mode … Continue reading

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January 22, 1865: And here are the mules

As we’ve seen, Sherman ordered land to be divided among the freed slaves, and today he orders that livestock not needed for the army be distributed among them as well. Official Records: HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE SOUTH, Hilton Head, S. … 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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January 12, 1865: Freemen in Savannah

Secretary of War Stanton came down to Savannah, and he met with a group of black leaders to discuss with them what they wanted for their people. He took the opportunity to ask them how Sherman had treated them, as … 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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