Monthly Archives: November 2014

November 30, 1864: Battle of Franklin

Schofield was fortified in the town of Franklin, TN, about 16 miles south of Nashville, when Hood attacked with two corps. While the opposing forces were of about equal strength, approximately 25,000, Hood suffered three times as many casualties as … Continue reading

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November 29, 1864: The Sand Creek Massacre

Black Kettle and White Antelope meeting in Colorado. ***************************************** The New York Times published, some eight months after the incident, the report of the House of Representatives on the massacre of approximately one hundred Cheyenne and Arapaho by U.S. Cavalry … 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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November 26, 1864: Now how will we know where Sherman is?

The Richmond Daily Dispatch takes the advice from a letter published the previous day, and resolves not to give any more information about Sherman’s movements. From Georgia. Seeing that Sherman is now cut off from all communication with his own … Continue reading

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November 25, 1864: Sherman reports, and the Dispatch clams up

From Sherman’s official report: I accompanied the Twentieth Corps from Milledgeville to Sandersville, approaching which place, on the 25th, we found the bridges across Buffalo Creek burned, which delayed us three hours. The next day we entered Sandersville, skirmishing with … Continue reading

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November 24, 1864: News of Milledgeville

Gate of Milledgeville state capitol building ***************************************** You know things are getting bad when even the Richmond Daily Dispatch admits that Sherman has taken the capital of Georgia. From Georgia. We are still without official advices from Georgia. Some intelligence, … Continue reading

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November 23, 1864: Sherman’s progress

The Richmond Daily Dispatch gives a report on Sherman’s progress in Georgia, with a helpful description of the territory and railroads. While he is “laying waste the country with fire and sword”, the correspondent is certain that he can’t support … Continue reading

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November 22, 1864: Sherman takes Milledgeville

Sherman’s troops cross the Little River to Milledgeville. From Sherman’s report: The enemy came out of Macon [22d] and attacked Walcutt in position, but was so roughly handled that he never repeated the experiment. On the eighth day after leaving … Continue reading

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November 21, 1864: Dispatch gets one right

For once, the Richmond Daily Dispatch publishes some pretty accurate information about Sherman’s march, without any claims that he’s about to be destroyed at any moment. Richmond Daily Dispatch The two armies at the South. There is not much to … Continue reading

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