Monthly Archives: August 2014

August 31, 1864: Trying to keep Hardee separated from Hood

Sherman’s three armies are tearing up the railroad as they proceed south toward Jonesboro. Hardee went south with two corps to oppose them, not realizing the strength of the forces present. He attacked on Howard on the 31st and was … Continue reading

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August 30, 1864: Meanwhile, back at Atlanta

The Twentieth Corps is keeping up the siege back in Atlanta while the rest of Sherman’s armies are heading south and breaking up the railroads. Is Hood still in Atlanta? Official Records: MARIETTA, GA., August 30, 1864-8.30 p. m. (Received … Continue reading

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August 29, 1864: Sherman’s troops destroying railroads

Sherman’s men are carrying out their orders with considerable gusto, apparently — tearing up rails, heating and twisting them, burning the ties, filling in the cuts. Hood’s going to have to come out of his defenses to challenge them. HEADQUARTERS … Continue reading

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August 28, 1864: Sherman’s neckties

Sherman’s three armies are all assembling for the move to Jonesboro, and in the meantime they have instructions to take a day to thoroughly destroy the West Point and Atlanta railroad. Sherman gives Thomas explicit instructions on the best way … Continue reading

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August 27, 1864: Sherman’s armies move south

Howard’s Army of the Tennessee constitutes the right wing of Sherman’s southward advance. Schofield’s Army of the Ohio is on the left, and Thomas’s Army of the Cumberland is in the center. They’re pulling out of their positions and negotiating … Continue reading

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August 26, 1864: Heading for Jonesboro

Sherman has decided to draw Hood out of his defenses. He sends the Twentieth Corps to hold on to the north side of Atlanta, while the rest of his army proceeds south in three columns to break the railroads to … Continue reading

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August 25, 1864: Quit stealing horses.

Garrard has to remind his troops that when you commandeer mounts, they’re government property, not yours to sell or keep. Official Records: GENERAL ORDERS, HDQRS. CAV. DIV., ARMY OF THE OHIO, Numbers 6. Before Atlanta, Ga., August 25, 1864. The … Continue reading

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August 24, 1864: Sherman prepares to move south

In his daily report to Halleck, Sherman announces that he’ll be starting his planning circuit around the south of Atlanta tomorrow. He warns that he won’t be in touch for a while. Official Records: NEAR ATLANTA, GA., August 24, 1864-7.15 … Continue reading

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August 23, 1864: News of Wheeler

Wheeler’s cavalry, sent north to attack Sherman’s supply lines, were defeated at Dalton, in part by the stout resistance of the 14th US Colored Troops regiment. The Richmond Daily Dispatch can only call their reports about this “muddled” — which … Continue reading

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August 22, 1864: Kilpatrick returns.

After everyone got a little nervous, Kilpatrick returned from his Macon expedition, and reports considerable success. They broke up a fair amount of railroad track, and had a lot of prisoners, though they had to release them rather than haul … Continue reading

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