‘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

‘If You Want It, Come And Take It’ – Federals in Resaca Refuse to Surrender

October 12, 1864 (Wednesday) The news coming to Col. Clark Wever on the morning of this date wasn’t good, but neither was it especially unexpected. Rumors that the vanguard of John Bell Hood’s was marching upon Resaca, which he was defending with a few regiments, had been swirling in the air for days. The nightRead More

‘We Will Fight You To the Death’ – Hood and Sherman Embarrass Themselves

September 14, 1864 (Wednesday) From all indications, the prisoner exchange would be small, but it was something – especially for the 4,000 soldiers who would be swapped. “I agre upon the terms of your letter of the 12th to the exchange of the 2,000 prisoners captured by both armies,” wrote Confederate General John Bell HoodRead More

Sherman and Grant Plan their Next Moves

September 12, 1864 (Monday) “The exodus of people is progressing and matters coming into shape,” wrote William Tecumseh Sherman to General Grant. Sherman had ordered a week-long truce in order to empty the city of Atlanta of civilians. This not only saved a few lives (in the mind of Sherman, at any rate), but moreRead More

‘I Regret to Inform You, an Exchange of Prisoners Impossible’

September 11, 1864 (Sunday) This was not going well at all for John Bell Hood. In the campaign leading up to and including the fall of Richmond, the Confederates had lost upwards of 13,000 missing or captured. Many of these men were now prisoners of war. Likewise, the Rebels had captured many Federals, and HoodRead More

Hood: ‘Sherman Continues His Retreat’

September 6, 1864 (Tuesday) “The enemy withdrew from my front in the direction of Jonesborough last night,” wrote John Bell Hood to Braxton Bragg in Richmond. But this was only true in a very literal sense. Following Hood’s retreat from Atlanta, Sherman’s forces gave chase, though slightly. It was not long before he ordered aRead More

‘The Enemy Will Not Content Himself with Atlanta’ – Hood to Go on the Offensive?

September 3, 1864 (Saturday) Now that he was more or less safe at Lovejoy Station, General John Bell Hood paused to inform Richmond of the past several days: “On the evening of the 30th the enemy made a lodgment across Flint River, near Jonesborough. We attacked them on the evening of the 31st with twoRead More

‘Atlanta is Ours, And Fairly Won’

September 2, 1864 (Friday) “Then came the awful hours of waiting—waiting for the unknown! Delicate women, as well as stalwart men, looked after their weapons and put them in order. There was no thought of resisting insults and robbery, but some outrages they were resolved to defend themselves against to the death. Men with wivesRead More

‘The Enemy Fled in Confusion’ – The Two Tales of Jonesborough

August 31, 1864 (Wednesday) The night had been one of marching. They arrived in Jonesboro at sunrise, or a little after, and rested while their comrades straggled behind. The Federals north of Atlanta had slipped west and then south over the past week, devouring the countryside and railroad running southwest. The day previous, the northernRead More

‘Such Rails Could Not Be Used Again’ – Sherman Destroys, Sabotages Railroad

August 30, 1864 (Tuesday) William Tecumseh Sherman’s horde had fallen upon the railroad running southwest out of Atlanta. Both the Armies of the Tennessee and the Cumberland spent the 29th “breaking it up thoroughly.” “The track was heaved up in sections the length of a regiment, then separated rail by rail; bonfires were made ofRead More