Monthly Archives: February 2015

February 28, 1865: Logan delayed, and a skirmish

“Black Jack” Logan ******************************************* Logan is trying to cross Lynch’s Creek, but high water is causing him problems. In the process some of his men had a battle with rebel cavalry, with indecisive results. HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE, Tiller’s … Continue reading

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February 27, 1865:

The 13th Amendment I believe the New York Times is indulging in what would be called “snark” today: MELANCHOLY CATASTROPHE. Published: February 27, 1865 — The country will learn with alarm and disappointment that the Common Council of Jersey City … Continue reading

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February 27, 1865: Wade Hampton responds to Sherman

Wade Hampton responds to Sherman’s threat of retaliation for the killing of captured foragers. Official Records: In the Field, February 27, 1865. Major General W. T. SHERMAN, U. S. Army: GENERAL: Your communication of the 24th instant reached me to-day. … Continue reading

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February 26, 1865: Sherman to Howard — take it slow.

Slocum’s column is still having the worst of the river crossings. Sherman tells Howard not to hurry. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Ingraham’s House,, S. C., February 26, 1865. General HOWARD: March slow and … Continue reading

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February 25, 1865: Foragers watch out

As we have seen, some of the rebels had been killing captured foragers. Here we have an order cautioning the foragers to keep in good order and be ready to retreat to the column if necessary — and taking advantage … Continue reading

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February 24, 1865: Sherman to Wade Hampton

Wade Hampton ********************************************** Sherman puts Wade Hampton, commander of the rebel cavalry, on notice that he will retaliate for killing of foragers. HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, February 24, 1865. Lieutenant General WADE HAMPTON, Commanding Cavalry … Continue reading

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February 24, 1865: Hazen takes Camden

Gen. Hazen reports on his capture of the town of Camden. Official Records: HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Kelly’s Bridge, S. C., February 26, 1865. Major MAX. WOODHULL, Assistant Adjutant-General: I have not previously reported concerning the capture of … Continue reading

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February 23, 1865: Retaliation for killing foragers

Sherman orders prisoners shot in retaliation for killing of foragers in South Carolina. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Rocky Mount, February 23, 1865-10 a.m. Major-General HOWARD, Commanding Right Wing: GENERAL: I have just been … Continue reading

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February 22, 1865: Charleston falls, US flag raised over Fort Sumter

[Preparations to raise the old flag at Fort Sumter, April 1865]. Columbia having fallen, Charleston could not be held, and the rebels evacuated. On February 22, a national celebration was held to commemorate the raising of the US flag over … Continue reading

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February 21, 1865: Confederate Senate passes bill to raise black troops

This image shows members of the Louisiana Native Guard, who actually would have been black Confederates early in the war, but the Confederacy wouldn’t take them when they volunteered. Many of them later served the Union after New Orleans fell. … Continue reading

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