Monthly Archives: January 2015

January 31, 1865: Slocum goes through Lawtonville, SC

Howard moves on the right, while Slocum on the left is reported moving through Lawtonville, near the Savannah River. I assume this is skirmishers or cavalry, as Slocum is having trouble getting across the river at Sister’s Ferry due to … Continue reading

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January 30, 1865: News gets to Hawaii

But not much of it. CHARLESTON MERCURY, January 30, 1865, p. 1, c. 1 Badly Posted.–Recently, while the people of Honolulu were anxiously looking out for news from the United States, a large clipper arrived from San Francisco, and, on … Continue reading

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January 29, 1865: Sherman to Grant

Sherman takes the time to explain his plans to Grant in detail, as he prepares to move on from Pocotaligo, South Carolina. He’s headed for Columbia and Goldsborough. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Pocotaligo, … Continue reading

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January 28, 1865: Winding up

The New York Times sees the end coming. The Winding-up Campaign. The campaign which has already been opened by Gen. SHERMAN, and in which the armies operating before Petersburgh and Wilmington, will soon take part, will be the winding-up campaign … Continue reading

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January 27, 1865: Ugly Sherman

The Richmond Daily Dispatch runs a fair and balanced portrait of Sherman and the situation in Savannah. I learned something new from this — turns out “Mokanna” refers to “Al-Muqanna“, a muslim prophet who wore a veil; depending on your … Continue reading

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January 26, 1865: Leaving South Carolina

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reprints an item from the Augusta Constitutionalist. [White] South Carolinians are fleeing to Georgia to escape Sherman. The whole spectacle “exemplifies at once the self sacrificing spirit of our people, and the dastardly and uncivilized mode … Continue reading

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January 25, 1865: Sherman heading to Sister’s Ferry

Sherman sends order’s to the wing under Slocum to move on into South Carolina. He’ll meet them at Sister’s Ferry. Official Records: HEADQUARTERS LEFT WING, Savannah, Ga., January 25, 1865. Major-General SHERMAN, Commanding Military Division of the Mississippi: DEAR GENERAL: … Continue reading

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January 24, 1865: The 15-slave exemption

The Richmond Daily Dispatch notes that the Confederate House of Representatives has voted to repeal the exemption for one white overseer for every 15 slaves — a sore point with the “rich man’s war, poor man’s fight” crowd. But the … Continue reading

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January 23, 1865: South won’t really arm slaves

Ever wonder why it’s always the same picture of a “Black Confederate”? **************************************************************** The New York Times points out that, although the South is finally talking about arming slaves, they can’t seriously hope to have a significant number of them … Continue reading

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January 22, 1865: Have supplies ready at Wilmington

Sherman plans to get back to the sea at Wilmington, NC, so he asks for supplies to be stocked up there. Assuming they manage to take Wilmington. HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE SOUTH, Hilton Head, S. C., January 21, 1865. Confidential … Continue reading

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