Author Archives: Ashley Webb

The Burning of Columbia

Unable to hold off Union troops, the Confederate army evacuated Columbia, South Carolina, allowing General Sherman to occupy the city.  On February 17th, Governor T.J. Goodwyn surrendered Columbia to the Union.  In his surrender letter to Sherman, Governor Goodwyn asked … Continue reading

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The Surrender of Columbia

After his March to the Sea, General Sherman moved north through South Carolina, heading toward Columbia, the main target in his Carolina Campaigns.  His troops reached the outskirts of the city by February 15th.  The Confederate army was forced to … Continue reading

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The Art of Hiding Personal Effects, Part Three: Food

This is the last installment in the series The Art of Hiding Personal Effects.

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The Art of Hiding Personal Effects, Part Two: Valuables

The physical trauma Sherman and his troops forced upon the Southern countryside riddles letters and diaries, and the psychological trauma is still evident in the resentment passed down between generations. The chaos of unorganized Union foraging parties followed a pattern … Continue reading

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The Art of Hiding Personal Effects, Part One: Slaves

As Union forces marched south under Sherman, wreaking havoc across several Southern states, stories of Northern atrocities spread. It’s hard to say which stories were true, and which were fanciful creations that played on Southern sentiments, like some of those … Continue reading

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Christmas 1864: Reminiscence at the Confederate White House

The Christmas of 1864 was a grim holiday season for the Confederacy, with Nashville, Atlanta, and Savannah under Union control, Southern railroads destroyed, and the Confederate army retreating. Sherman’s March to the Sea left Georgia residents with little to be … Continue reading

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Franklin 150th: The McGavocks, Carnton, and the Battle of Franklin

In the late afternoon of November 30, 1864, 30,000 Confederate troops, under General Hood’s direction, made an attack on General Schofield’s federal defenses in Franklin, Tennessee.  With up to 10,000 casualties in the five hour engagement, scores of dead and … Continue reading

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Coffee in the Civil War

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Ashley Webb. If you’re like me, every morning, I wake up and have a cup of coffee (or two or three). Coffee was also an essential part of a Civil War soldier’s … Continue reading

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