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Letter of William T. Sherman to James M. Calhoun, E.E. Rawson, and S.C. Wells, September 12, 1864


Headquarters Military Division of the Mississippi, in the Field, Atlanta, Georgia, September 12, 1864. James M. Calhoun, Mayor, E.E. Rawson, S.C. Wells, representing City Council of Atlanta. Gentlemen, I have your letter of the 11th, in the nature…

"Wilmington. The Attack on Fort Fisher," New York Times, December 30, 1864


WASHINGTON, Thursday, Dec. 29. The Secretary of the Navy received this afternoon the following by special messenger: NORTH ATLANTIC SQUADRON, U.S. FLAG SHIP MALVERN, AT SEA, OFF NEW INLET, Monday, Dec. 26, 1864. SIR: I was in hopes that I should…

"The Land Attack on Wilmington - Defence and Fall of Fort Fisher," Charleston Mercury, January 18, 1865

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THE LAND ATTACK ON WILMINGTON - DEFENCE AND FALL OF FORT FISHER Our community was much depressed yesterday by the news, which reaches here in the forenoon that Fort Fisher, the gate of the Cape Fear River, had succumbed to another tremendous…

"Wilmington. Fort Fisher Carried by Assault," The New York Times, January 18, 1865

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WASHINGTON, Tuesday, Jan. 17 -- 10:40 A.M. Maj.-Gen. J.A. Dix: The following official dispatches have just been received at this department: HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES FORCES ON FEDERAL POINT, N.C., Jan. 15, via FORTRESS MONROE, Jan.…

Archer Jones, "Military Means, Political Ends" (1992)


During the early winter of 1863-64, Grant completed the formulation of a new strategy, one in which the Union would give up its reliance on the persisting strategy of territorial conquest but still pursue its logistic strategy of crippling the…

Letter from William T. Sherman to General Henry Halleck, September 4, 1864

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H'd Qrts. Mil. D. of the Miss.
In the Field near Lovejoys Ga.
Sept. 4th 64.

General Halleck

The 20th Corps now occupies Atlanta & the Chattahoochee bridges. The main Army is now here, grouped below Jonesboro. The…

Letter of William J. Hardee to William T. Sherman, December 17, 1864

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Headquarters Department South Carolina Georgia, and Florida, Savannah, Georgia, December 17, 1864. Major-General W.T. Sherman, commanding Federal Forces near Savannah, Georgia. General: I have to acknowledge the receipt of a communication from you…

Telegram of William T. Sherman to Ulysses S. Grant, October 9, 1864

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Allatoona 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9th 1864 Lt. Gen. Grant City Point It will be a physical impossibility to protect this road now that Hood, Forrest, Wheeler and the whole batch of Devils are turned loose without home or habitation. I think Hoods…

Letter of William T. Sherman to Henry Halleck, December 24, 1864


Headquarters military Division of the Mississippi, In the Field, Savannah, Ga., December 24, 1864 Maj. Gen. H.W. Halleck, Chief of Staff, Washington City, D.C.: General: I had the pleasure to receive your two letters of the 16th and 18th…

William T. Sherman, Special Field Orders No. 120, November 9, 1864


Headquarters Military Division of the Mississippi,
In the Field, Kingston, Georgia, November 9, 1864

... IV. The army will forage liberally on the country during the march. To this end, each brigade commander will organize a good and…