Category Archives: Georgia

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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October 27, 1864: Sherman pares down his forces

Thomas needs troops to defend Tennessee in Sherman’s rear, and in any case Sherman has to have a highly mobile force for his planned march. Here Sherman sends the Fourth Corps to the rear, as well as other troops who … Continue reading

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October 27, 1864: Sherman pares down his ranks

Thomas needs troops to defend Tennessee in Sherman’s rear, and in any case Sherman has to have a highly mobile force for his planned march. Here Sherman sends the Fourth Corps to the rear, as well as other troops who … Continue reading

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October 21, 1864: Hood’s political failure

The New York Times reports that Hood’s offense was planned to bolster the Northern peace party. It doesn’t seem to be working. HOOD’S POLITICAL FAILURE. Published: October 21, 1864 – It seems that the present, or rather the late offensive … Continue reading

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