‘And Another Beautiful Victory Had Crowned Our Confederate Arms’ – Price Continues His Retreat

October 28, 1864 (Friday) Sterling Price’s Confederates had retreated over fifty miles, and were, on the morning of this date, turning toward Newtonia, the night previous being spent in Carthage. From Carthage, General Jo Shelby took the advance, while the divisions of James Fagan and John Marmaduke brought up the rear (Marmaduke’s Division was nowRead More

The Bloody Cost of Attacking – Sherman Strikes Kennesaw Mountain

June 27, 1864 (Monday) “I have been unable so far to stop the enemy’s progress by gradual approaches on account of his numerous army and the character of the country, which is favorable to this method,” wrote Confederate General Joe Johnston on this date. “Our best mode of operating against it would be to useRead More

The Whole Country is One Vast Fort – Sherman Prepares to Take Kennesaw Mountain

June 26, 1864 (Sunday) “The weather has a wonderful effect on troops,” mused William Tecumseh Sherman after the war, “in action and on the march, rain is favorable; but in the woods, where all is blind and uncertain, it seems almost impossible for an army covering ten miles of front to act in concert duringRead More

Catching Up with Sherman and Johnston on Kennesaw Mountain

June 20, 1864 (Monday) William Tecumseh Sherman, of course, wanted to attack – he lived for the advance. But if a position could be taken by maneuver, for the sake of the lives of his men, he was bound to at least attempt it. Joe Johnston’s position on Kennesaw Mountain was strong, “unusually strong,” asRead More

‘This Has Been a Dear Visit’ – The Death of General Polk

June 14, 1864 (Tuesday) When last we left Generals William Tecumseh Sherman and Joe Johnston in Georgia, the latter had taken up positions in the mountains north of Marietta, while the former shadowed, unable to mount the attack he wanted. At the first, Johnston’s lines were long but thin, and he found them too muchRead More

The Pause in the Operations – Lee Misreads Grant

June 9, 1864 (Thursday) “The indications are that Grant, despairing of a direct attack, is now seeking to embarrass you by flank movements,” wrote Jefferson Davis to General Lee on this date. The day previous, Davis had joined Lee at the front, together observing the lines of the enemy. When he returned to Richmond, heRead More

Johnston and Sherman Slide East

June 4, 1864 (Saturday) “Today the enemy is moving his forces from his right to his left,” wrote Confederate General Joe Johnston on the 1st. “We are making a corresponding movement to our right.” When last we left the Western theater, William Tecumseh Sherman was trying to re-establish his link with the railroad east ofRead More

‘But Act Boldly and Promptly’ – Sherman Attempts to Regain the Railroad

May 31, 1864 (Tuesday) Though there had been skirmishing and even heavier battle over the past several days, William Tecumseh Sherman’s men had spent most of their time digging deeper into the rich Georgia soil. The general, himself, however, was looking for a way out. His three armies had wished to hold closer to theRead More

‘A Good Deal More Shooting than Hitting’ – Sherman Running Out of Ideas

May 29, 1864 (Sunday) Joe Johnston’s Army of Tennessee had entrenched themselves well near Dallas, Georgia. William Tecumseh Sherman, overall commander of the Federal forces opposing it had spent two days thus far search for a way to outflank it. The Rebels, complained Sherman, can “make temporary breastworks as fast as we travel.” The landRead More

The Unexpected Meeting at New Hope Church

May 25, 1864 (Wednesday) When last we left the Western armies, Joe Johnston’s Confederate Army of Tennessee was in retreat from Cassville. They first made their defenses at Allatoona Pass. Prior to the war, William Tecumseh Sherman, commanding the Federal forces, had spent time in this area, riding the same roads he now traversed hisRead More