Tag Archives: General William T. Sherman

Assault on Ft. McAllister announces Sherman’s arrival outside Savannah

Nearing the end of his militarily unorthodox March to the Sea through the heart of Georgia, in early December 1864, Sherman approached the outer lines of Savannah cautiously. Wishing to avoid a frontal assault on the Confederate lines, which would … Continue reading

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Mapping his way through the Carolinas: A profile of Major Robert M. McDowell (Part 2)

Maj. Robert M. McDowell was an engineering officer on the staff of Gen. Slocum during Sherman’s Carolinas campaign.  His diary recounts the adventure. (Part two of two) Part of the army’s rear echelon, the staff major was not ordinarily in … Continue reading

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Noah Trudeau Explains Lincoln’s Greatest Journey

Recently I chatted with award-winning author Noah Andre Trudeau, who has written several well-regarded books on the Civil War in 1864 and 1865. We discussed his next book, Lincoln’s Greatest Journey: Sixteen Days That Changed a Presidency, March 24 – … 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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Aftermath In Atlanta

Atlanta, Georgia was a key Confederate railway hub throughout the war with a thriving population of about 22,000. Defense of this industrial city fell to Lt. General John Bell Hood and his army, which unfortunately was much too small for … Continue reading

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“Harvest of Death”: The Battle of Griswoldville

On November 15, 1864, the vanguard of William T. Sherman’s forces left the city of Atlanta, Georgia on what would become the March to the Sea. Their ultimate objective was the city of Savannah, about 250 miles away. Over the … Continue reading

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“Atlanta Is Ours”

Defeat at Jonesboro ended John Bell Hood’s hopes of holding Atlanta. He abandoned the city the evening of September 1, destroying all useful military stores that could not be moved (a scene later immortalized in the book and film Gone … Continue reading

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To Georgia With Lee

When John Bell Hood assumed command of the Army of Tennessee on July 18, 1864 he quickly changed the tactics employed by the main Confederate army in the west. Under the leadership of Joseph E. Johnston, the Army of Tennessee … Continue reading

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A Union Catastrophe by the Name of Red River

While the spring of 1864 marked the launch of a Union overland campaign in Virginia, it also signified a Federal disaster in the West. For three long months, the North had tried to take control of the Red River in … Continue reading

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Eastern Theater versus Western Theater: Where the Civil War Was Won and Lost, Part One

Part one in a series. This series was put together from one of my extended graduate school research papers. The sources used were the current research between 2007-2008, obviously the historiography of the Civil War expands on a monthly basis, … Continue reading

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