Monthly Archives: June 2014

June 30, 1864: Thomas is lenient with Keim

Sherman had Thomas arrest the New York Herald reporter Keim because he revealed publicly that Sherman’s troops had possession of Johnston’s semaphore code. While he could in theory had shot him as a spy, Thomas just kicked him out of … Continue reading

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June 29, 1864: Science!

The New York Times reports an “experiment” in using torpedoes to blow up a bar that had reduced the draft depth at one of the wharves. Any time you can blow stuff up, that’s the kind of science I can … Continue reading

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June 29, 1864: A spy in Sherman’s camp

Sherman never did have a good relationship with the press, but he had a legitimate complaint against the Herald reporter DeB. Randolph Keim. Keim reported in a published article that Sherman’s men had cracked the enemy’s semaphore code, and were … Continue reading

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June 29, 1864: Sherman resumes his flanking tactics.

Sherman reports to Halleck about his loss at Kennesaw, and he understates it — he actually lost more like 3000 men in the battle. Nevertheless, he’s back to his old pattern of sidling around Johnston’s left. Official Records: NEAR KENESAW, … Continue reading

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June 28, 1864: Next step

Unlike many of the Union commanders, when Sherman suffered a defeat like the one at Kennesaw Mountain, he did not fall back. Instead, he made plans to move forward again. While the attack on the center of Johnston’s line was … Continue reading

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June 27, 1864: Kennesaw Mountain

Official Records: NEAR KENESAW, GA., June 27, 1864- 8 p. m., (Received 1.35 a. m. 28th) Major General H. W. HALLECK, Washington, D. C.: Pursuant to my orders of the 24th, a diversion was made on each flank of the … Continue reading

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June 26, 1864: Preparing for battle

Sherman is planning to take advantage of Johnston’s familiarity with his tactics to date. He’s been continually moving around Johnston’s left flank — now he’s sending Schofield to make a demonstration around Johnston’s left (Olley’s Creek is southeast of Marietta), … Continue reading

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June 25, 1864: Planning to break Johnston’s line

Sherman reports that it’s just skirmishing at the moment, but he’s going to hit Johnston’s line head on. It sounds reasonable as he presents it to Halleck. Official Records: NEAR KENESAW MOUNTAIN, GA., June 25, 1864-8 p. m. (Received 10 … Continue reading

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June 24, 1864: Preparations around Atlanta

Box shows location of inset map below: A scout reports on the rebel preparations around Atlanta. Johnston plans to fight at Kennesaw, but they’ve made plans if they have to retreat into Atlanta and defend it. Official Records: Statement of … Continue reading

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June 23, 1864: Fallible humans

The Richmond Daily Dispatch here takes on the armchair generals of the Confederacy for being too critical of the government. It is odd to see the Dispatch downplaying the military ability of the South in this piece, though, considering the … Continue reading

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