‘I Will Endeavor to Give them a Warm Reception’ – Sherman’s Host Steps Off

November 15, 1864 (Tuesday) Judson Kilpatrick was considered by many to be a brash and reckless officer, having little regard for the ultimate safety of his own men. When in battle, his mood turned fey, and few who knew his work could ask “have you ever seen a dead cavalryman?” And because of this, heRead More

‘And the Heart of the City was in Flames’ – Wheeler Discovers Sherman

November 14, 1864 (Monday) Joseph Wheeler wasn’t having the best of days. He had just arrived in Jonesboro, south of Atlanta, taking over for he shockingly incompetent Albert Iverson. Now just settling in, he had no real idea of what Union force was in and around Atlanta. Iverson had not bothered to send scouts, soRead More

‘I Say Jeff Davis Burnt Them’ – Sherman Begins His Destruction

November 13, 1864 (Sunday) It was almost time to begin. Sherman had planned, pleaded, and proven his case for a march through Georgia, and now it was coming into being. All of the troops flagged for operations in Tennessee against John Bell Hood’s army were either before Hood or en route. Everything that remained behindRead More

‘I Say, Then, Go as You Propose’ – Grant Gives His Blessings to Sherman

November 2, 1864 (Wednesday) When writing his memoirs, William Tecumseh Sherman necessarily summarized many of the steps leading up to his eventual march to the sea. It almost seemed as if writing about any of John Bell Hood’s shenanigans through the month of October was just something to gloss over on his way to retellingRead More

‘With Hood’s Army Destroyed You Can Go Where You Please’ – Grant to Postpone Sherman’s March to the Sea?

November 1, 1864 (Tuesday) Though Sherman’s plan to march across Georgia seemed like it was a foregone conclusion, it was not quite so, though Sherman certainly wished it to be. Writing after the war, in his memoirs, Sherman even treats it as such. But on this date, General Grant nearly postponed the whole thing. AnRead More

Sherman Divides His Forces – Mostly Doesn’t Pursue Hood

October 31, 1864 (Monday) While John Bell Hood and his army crossed the Tennessee River from Tuscumbia over into Florence, William Tecumseh Sherman was making plans to storm across the state of Georgia, making sure to leave enough force to deal with Hood. To make this happen, Sherman detached the Fourth Corps, under David Stanley,Read More