Diary of George Nichols, January 30, 1865
George Nichols, a lieutenant-colonel under Major-General William Sherman in the Union Army, provided an account of the opening march through the state of South Carolina in late January of 1865. At the start, the entry was quite docile. The discussion dealt with troop movements and weather conditions. Towards the end of the entry, though, Nichols iterated his disgust for the state of South Carolina, and wanting it to pay “principal and interest before we leave her borders,” for the war it started. The entry provided a clear account of how Union soldiers would treat South Carolina worse than any other state they marched through. While other states had seceded too, South Carolina was at the heart of the issue for many Union soldiers. The main photo is of Union soldiers advancing in Salkehatchie, South Carolina.
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