Author Archives: Daniel Davis

Through the Carolinas: Aspects of Sherman’s Second March

From the beginning of February to the latter part of March, 1865 Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman’s Army Group traversed the swamps, rivers and lowlands of the Carolinas. This was no small undertaking. Sherman faced a heady task. He would … Continue reading

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Onward from Columbia: Experiences of Union Soldiers in Sherman’s Armies

Writing after the end of the war, Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman wrote that his armies left Columbia South Carolina “utterly ruined”. Resuming their march, Sherman wrote “the right wing began its march northward, towards Winnsboro, on the 20th, which … Continue reading

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Ice on the Rappahannock

This picture was taken early Sunday afternoon, February 15, 2015, of the Middle Pontoon Crossing site at the Fredericksburg City Dock. Ferry Farm can be seen on the opposite bank at the center of the picture.

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The Swamp Lizard Gets His Nickname

As the second week of February, 1865 opened Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman’s armies were nearing the South Carolina capitol, Columbia.  Since leaving Savannah, the Yankees had covered well over one hundred miles. In the course of their trek, the armies had crossed … Continue reading

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Striking out from Savannah: Uncle Billy Moves North

At the conclusion of the “March to the Sea”, Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s  armies spent Christmas 1864 in and around Savannah, Georgia. While his men were enjoying a hard earned rest, “Uncle Billy” was busy planning his next maneuver. Exchanging … Continue reading

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Christmas in Savannah: A Letter from Major Henry Hitchcock

On Christmas Eve, 1864, Major Henry Hitchcock, an officer serving on Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s staff, took a moment late in the evening to begin writing a letter home to his family. Hitchcock  did not finish it until a few days later, as … Continue reading

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The Strategic Impact of the Battle of Nashville

When Maj. Gen. George Thomas’ Union forces drove the Army of Tennessee from their position south of Nashville on December 16, 1864, it signaled an end to John Bell Hood’s invasion of Tennessee. Hood’s army in shambles, any hopes of … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas from Uncle Billy

150 years ago today, following his march across Georgia, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman wrote the following note: Savannah, Georgia, December 22, 1864 To His Excellency, President Lincoln, Washington, D.C. I beg to present to you as a Christmas-gift, the … Continue reading

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James Wilson and the Battle of Nashville, Part II

As Wilson rested and refitted his troopers during the opening days of December, 1864, Maj. Gen. George Thomas was engaged in another battle. This one was not with John Bell Hood, but with his superiors. Throughout the first two weeks … Continue reading

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James Wilson and the Battle of Nashville, Part I

The weather was gradually changing, perhaps for the better. For several days, the Union troopers had been pelted with snow and sleet. It had been so harsh that only the woodcutters had been out in the precipitation. With a thaw … Continue reading

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