The Second and Last Day of the Great Pageant – The Grand Review of Sherman’s Armies

May 24, 1865 (Thursday) As with the day previous, below you’ll find text pulled from the New York Times describing the second day of the Grand Review. It is accompanied by photographs taken mostly by Matthew Brady. The men who marched from the Ohio to the Tennessee under BUELL, only to march back again; whoRead More

Johnston Finally Able to Surrender His Army

April 26, 1865 (Wednesday) General Sherman had apparently overstepped his bounds, wishing to treat with the entire Confederacy rather than simply Joe Johnston’s army. In his mind, he wanted to wrap the entire war up in one fell swoop and thought that the capitulation of all the remaining Rebel forces, as well as the reestablishmentRead More

Sherman and Johnston Discuss Terms

April 18, 1865 (Tuesday) William Tecumseh Sherman had left City Point in the Richmond area, where he was visiting with General Grant, at the end of the month previous. While Grant pursued Lee’s retreating army, Sherman reorganized and readied his own in Goldsboro, North Carolina to move not against Joe Johnston’s Army of Tennessee atRead More

Johnston Tries to Think of Something

March 6, 1865 (Monday) Joseph Johnston, now in command of all the Confederate forces in the Carolinas, was concentrating at Fayetteville, North Carolina, in hopes of blocking the path of Sherman’s forces. Johnston’s original proposition was a risky one. He suggested to General Robert E. Lee that half of the Army of Northern Virginia beRead More

The Troops of the Fifteenth Corps Finally Get Their Badges

February 14, 1865 (Tuesday) On this date, the Fifteenth Corps, now marching with Sherman’s army, received their corps badges. Odd as it might seem, previous to this, they had worn no badges at all. In November of 1863, around the time of the Chattanooga Campaign, some of the Army of the Potomac troops were sentRead More

Sherman Still Waiting on Hood – Would Rather Be Sacking Georgia

October 26, 1864 (Wednesday) William Tecumseh Sherman badly wanted to march to the sea, laying waste to Georgia en route to Savannah. But the Confederate Army of Tennessee, commanded by John Bell Hood stood not in his way, but behind him. There was really no threat that Hood would fall upon his rear, but ShermanRead More

Beauregard Easily ‘Convinced’ of Hood’s Plan

October 21, 1864 (Friday) General P.G.T. Beauregard had been looking for John Bell Hood and his army – finally locating them at Gadsden, Alabama, and riding to meet with him on this date. Arriving at 11am, the two generals discussed the potential campaign. Hood was completely certain that falling upon the Federal lines of supplyRead More

John Bell Hood’s Incredibly Ambitious Plan

October 20, 1864 (Thursday) “I shall pursue him as far as Gaylesville,” wrote William Tecumseh Sherman of John Bell Hood and his Confederate army. “The enemy will not venture toward Tennessee except around by Decatur.” Hood’s strange raid upon Sherman’s supply lines had more or less crested, with the Rebels marching south, leaving Sherman somewhatRead More

‘In Serious Thought and Perplexity’ – Hood Decides to Slip Away (And That’s About It)

October 16, 1864 (Sunday) In the thinking of John Bell Hood (or at least in Hood’s post-war surmisings), his mission was complete. Though he had lost Atlanta, and though that same city was still under Federal control, he had managed to pull William Tecumseh Sherman’s massive army back to the same position it held inRead More

‘The Infantry Did Not Cease Its March for a Moment’ – Sherman Pursues Hood

October 15, 1864 (Saturday) With a now more positive idea where John Bell Hood’s Confederates were marching, William Tecumseh Sherman sent his men north from Rome. Hood had attacked Resaca and captured Dalton and to those towns, he pointed the troops in that direction. Sherman had arrived in Resaca on the day previous and wasRead More