Category Archives: Georgia

December 11, 1864: Still trying to reach the fleet.

Gen. O. O. Howard *********************************** Howard says the best bet is to take Fort McAllister, just south of Savannah. He’s still trying to communicate with the Union fleet offshore. Meanwhile, the defenders are trying to block Sherman’s advance, but lack … Continue reading

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December 10, 1864: Sherman invests Savannah

From Sherman’s official report: No opposition from the enemy worth speaking of was encountered until the heads of columns were within fifteen miles of Savannah, where all the roads leading to the city were obstructed more or less by felled … Continue reading

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December 8, 1864: Sherman approaches Savannah

Gen. Beauregard ************************************************************** Sherman is nearing Savannah, and he’s planning his assault on the city. Wheeler reports what he knows, but clearly his cavalry are insufficient to keep an eye on all of Sherman’s forces. Hardee is in charge of … Continue reading

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December 7, 1864: Hardee tries to defend Savannah

The rebels continue to fight a guerrilla action against Sherman’s advance, felling trees across the road and burning bridges, but the pioneers — including lots of former slaves freed by the advancing columns — clear the road, build bridges, and … Continue reading

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December 4, 1864: Last chance to stop Sherman

Bragg reports they’re trying to block Sherman’s progress toward Savannah. Rebel troops are being gathered in the Savannah area. Official Records 92:927 AUGUSTA, December 4, 1864. (Received 1 p. m.) Colonel JOHN B. SALE, Military Secretary, Richmond: The column is … Continue reading

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December 3, 1864: Sherman has already succeeded

From Sherman’s official report: On the 3rd of December the Seventeenth Corps was at Millen; the Fifteenth Corps, which I accompanied, was at Millen; the Fifteenth Corps (General Howard) was south of the Ogeechee, opposite Station 7 (Scarborough); the Twentieth … Continue reading

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December 2, 1864: Where’s Sherman going?

The New York Times reprints items from the Augusta Chronicle and the Savannah Republican, speculating about Sherman’s destination. While the Republican doesn’t seem ready to claim that he’ll be destroyed, it instead depicts his march as a futile gesture. SPIRIT … Continue reading

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December 1, 1864: No news is good news.

The New York Times notes that the Richmond papers have decided to stop publishing about Sherman. The editor opines that if there were any news of rebel victories, they’d be telling it, so the lack of news indicates that Sherman … Continue reading

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November 28, 1864: Beauregard and Georgia Senate call for Georgia to fight on

Joseph Brown, Governor of Georgia, had called for the Confederacy to make peace with the Union after Atlanta was captured. Now that the capital had fallen, General Beauregard and the Georgia Senate both issued calls to take the opposite tack … Continue reading

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November 27, 1864: Report from Milledgeville

A report from Milledgeville about Sherman’s troops and their behavior in the city. Apparently they exercised considerable forbearance — as the correspondent says, they didn’t enter homes, only sacking the goods outdoors, except for a few residences. Especially one belonging … Continue reading

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