Confederates Try to Peg Sherman’s Next Move

January 21, 1865 (Saturday) The Confederates gathering to oppose General Sherman’s army had more questions than answers. Even with scouts sent by infantry and cavalry, their findings provided little in the way of intelligence, what to speak of comfort. The basic conception of Sherman’s plan, as the Rebels understood it, was that he would attackRead More

Savannah Evacuated by Rebels!

December 20, 1864 (Tuesday), Several days ago, William Tecumseh Sherman had demanded the surrender of Savannah along with its garrison. There was no hope in fending off the Union host now nearly surrounding the city, but William Hardee, commanding the Rebel forces within, refused, hoping to buy himself a few days reprieve to come upRead More

Beauregard and Hardee Prepare to Leave Savannah; Lee Refuses to Help

December 18, 1864 (Sunday) William Hardee, commanding the Confederate troops in Savannah, was buying time. Knowing he could not possibly withstand the onslaught of Sherman’s army, he had nevertheless refused to surrender the city. And still, while he remained in Savannah, there was still some small hope that she might be saved. But saving aRead More

Sherman Demands the Surrender of Savannah – But there’s a Grant-sized Problem

December 17, 1864 (Saturday) William Tecumseh Sherman was in a quandary. His army had burned its way across Georgia and planted itself four miles outside of Savannah, which it now besieged. With the taking of Fort McAllister, Sherman opened up a direct line of supply with the naval vessels in the Atlantic. This also gaveRead More

‘Fighting Gallantly to the Last’ – Fort McAllister Falls

December 13, 1864 (Tuesday) Through design or chance, it was General Sherman’s old division, the Second from the Fifteenth Corps, which was to assault Fort McAllister, south of Savannah, Georgia. It was this fort that stood between the Federal right and the naval fleet off of the city. Once this fell, the lines would beRead More

Sherman Sets His Mind on Fort McAllister

December 12, 1864 (Monday) Major George W. Anderson had found himself upon an island quickly and obviously flooding. Commanding Fort McAllister, just south of Savannah, with but 200 men, he fully understood that his hour was soon up. Nearby support, though small, had been withdrawn by General William Hardee, commanding the city’s defenses. “I wasRead More

Two Old Friends – Now Prisoners – Visit General Sherman

December 11, 1864 (Sunday) Sherman’s men had arrived before Savannah, and were fanning out, falling into lines and strengthening their positions. Contacting the Navy fleet in the Atlantic, just off the coast, was a top priority, but as of yet, nothing had come back to camp. The Army of Georgia which was investing the cityRead More

‘You Will Preserve the Garrison’ – Savannah Soon to Be Abandoned

December 10, 1864 (Saturday) “It is my desire, after the consultation that has taken place, that you should hold this city so long as in your judgment it may be advisable to do so, bearing in mind that should you have to decide between a sacrifice of the garrison or city, you will preserve theRead More

Sherman: ‘This Was Not War, But Murder, and it Made Me Very Angry.’

December 8, 1864 (Thursday) Since last we touched base with William Tecumseh Sherman, marching his way through Georgia, little, apart from marching, had taken place. On the 5th, his infantry passed by freshly-dug earthworks about fifty miles west of Savannah, but the Rebels who had scratched them out of the ground had, according to Sherman,Read More

‘A Regular Field Day’ – Kilpatrick Whips Wheeler

December 4, 1864 (Sunday) Around midnight and in the early morning, Joseph Wheeler’s Rebel cavalry, numbering roughly 2,000, slid close to Judson Kilpatrick’s encampment a few miles south of Waynesboro, Georgia. Kilpatrick had been guarding Sherman’s extreme left and had begun now to turn southerly toward Savannah. For the past several days, Wheeler had doggedRead More