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Absalom Baird, Report of Operations January 20-March 23, March 24, 1865


. . . . March 1, division marched twelve miles to Ingraham’s Mills, near Hanging Rock; roads in terrible condition. March 2, passed Little Lynch’s, Lick, and Flat Creeks, through almost impassable roads, and marched fifteen miles. March 3,…

Richard B. McCaslin, "The Last Stronghold" (2003)


Recognizing the importance of Wilmington, Union blockaders sought to prevent ships from reaching the port since the summer of 1861, though to no avail. The first Federal ship, the Daylight, arrived in July 1861. This tiny vessel was soon disabled,…

"Sherman, the Raider," Wilmington Herald of the Union, March 11, 1865

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Sherman, the Raider. It is usual for those who set about the conquest of a country to act upon the miser’s rules. “Get all you can, and keep all you get.” Hence, they endeavor to secure their acquisitions as they go, and to make…

Letter from William Sherman to Ulysses Grant, March 12, 1865

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HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, IN THE FIELD, FAYETTVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA, Sunday, March. 12, 1885. Lieutenant-General U. S. GRANT, commanding United States Army, City Point, Virginia. DEAR GENERAL: We reached this place…

William T. Sherman, Special Field Orders No. 28, March 11, 1865

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Special Field Orders No. 28. HDQRS. Mil. Div. of the Mississippi, In the Field, Fayetteville, N.C., March 11, 1865. I. The Right Wing, Maj. Gen. O. O. Howard commanding, will cross Cape Fear River as soon as possible and take roads leading…

Letter of William Holland Thomas to Jefferson Davis, November 8, 1862

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HeadQuarters, Strawberry Plains, November 8, 1862 President Jefferson Davis: Dear Sir: Summer is gone; fall has come. During the latter we came near losing East Tennessee. At present we have to look out for the future. I beg leave to submit a…

Francis Preston Blair Jr., Special Orders No. 63, March 10, 1865

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SPECIAL ORDERS, HDQRS. SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 63. Near Rockfish Creek, N. C., March 10, 1865. I. Division commanders will cause a sufficient number of good cattle to be collected in the country to have fifteen days' supply of beef…

John Barrett, Sherman's March through the Carolinas (1956)


Sherman's movements through South and North Carolina were bold, imaginative strokes, masterfully executed. One historian has rightly characterized the Carolinas campaign as "a triumph of physical endurance and mechanical skill on the part of the army…

Joseph Glatthaar, The March to the Sea and Beyond (1985)


Ever since Sherman and his army embarked upon their march to the coast of Georgia and, later, through the Carolinas, the two campaigns earned the dubious distinction as the most controversial of the Civil War and possibly in American military…

William Tecumseh Sherman, 1820-1891

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William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891) was a major-general in the Union Army during the Civil War. Sherman gained success in the Western Theater and oversaw the Military Division of the Mississippi after Ulysses S. Grant was promoted to the head of…