Category Archives: Georgia

November 13, 1864: Destroying the railroad

The left wing under Slocum is charged with destroying the railroad, and we see the orders to the various divisions to do the job properly. Burn the ties, heat the rails on the fire and bend and twist them. Without … Continue reading

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November 12, 1864: Sherman’s march begins

From Sherman’s official report: On the 12th of November my army stood detached and cut off from all communication with the rear. It was composed of four corps-the Fifteenth and Seventeenth, constituting the Right wing, under Major General O. O. … Continue reading

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November 10, 1864: Sherman advocates disinformation

Sherman responds to Dana’s warning about papers publishing his plans with a suggestion that he plant some fake stories. While Sherman was deeply suspicious of journalists, he had some surprisingly modern ideas about the role of information in warfare. Official … Continue reading

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November 5, 1864: Slocum, move out.

Sherman divided his forces into two armies for the March to the Sea; the Army of Georgia under Gen. Slocum, and the Army of the Tennessee, under O.O. Howard. Here he orders Slocum to move to the outskirts of Atlanta … Continue reading

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November 3, 1864: Sherman plans for Beauregard to “burst with French despair”.

Pierre G.T. Beauregard ********************************************** Sherman tells Halleck that he’s trying to disencumber himself of all the stuff people have accumulated, in preparation for his march. He proposes that Thomas push up the Tennessee while Canby uses the Alabama River, and … Continue reading

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November 2, 1864: Sherman’s convinced Grant

Sherman’s and Grant’s messages from yesterday crossed in transit, apparently, and Grant is now convinced that Thomas has enough strength to take care of Hood. Grant gives his consent for Sherman to make the march. Official Records: CITY POINT, VA., … Continue reading

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November 1, 1864: Grant to Sherman — shouldn’t you get Hood first?

Grant suggests to Sherman that maybe he should take care of Hood before heading south, but Sherman isn’t having any. He knows that Hood would just retreat westward, and it would waste Sherman’s efforts so far. He’s determined to head … Continue reading

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October 31, 1864: What supplies can’t be got we must do without.

Official Records 79:530 Sherman and his quartermaster discuss the logistics of the simultaneous movement of the Army of the Ohio and of surplus supplies north to Nashville. Sherman says to move the troops. ATLANTA, October 31, 1864. Major-General SHERMAN: Your … Continue reading

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October 29, 1864: Smashing things generally

Beauregard has taken charge of the western rebel operations, and Sherman is making sure that Thomas has the resources to defend Tennessee against him. But Sherman isn’t going north — ” I propose myself to push straight down into the … Continue reading

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October 28, 1864: Not going after Hood

Sherman tells Halleck that he’s not going back northwest after Hood. Official Records 79:476 ROME, GA., October 28, 1864-8. 30 p. m. (Received 12 p. m.) Major General H. W. HALLECK, Chief of Staff: The rebel army is now before … Continue reading

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