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Letter from Gen. William T. Sherman to Major-General H. W. Halleck, December 24, 1864

Title

Letter from Gen. William T. Sherman to Major-General H. W. Halleck, December 24, 1864

Description

An excerpt from this correspondence shows that Gen. William T. Sherman of the Union High Command considers Wilmington, North Carolina a more precious target than Charleston, South Carolina owing to the fact that Wilmington is a "live port."

Creator

Gen. William T. Sherman

Source

The War of Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume 44, Series 1, 0798. http://ehistory.osu.edu/osu/sources/recordview.cfm?content=/092/0798.

Date

1864-12-24

Contributor

York, Robert

Type

Document

Coverage

Wilmington, North Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina

Original Format

Correspondence

Text

HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
In the Field, Savannah, GA., December 24, 1864.

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

Chief of Staff, Washington City, D. C.:

...then, communicating with the fleet in the neighborhood of Georgetown, I would turn upon Wilmington or Charleston accordingly to the importance of either. I rather prefer Wilmington, as a live place, over Charleston, which is dead and unimportant when its railroad communications are broken. I take it for granted the present movement on Wilmington will fail, because I know that gun-boats cannot take a fort, and Butler has not the force or the ability to take it.
...

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General.

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Gen. William T. Sherman, Letter from Gen. William T. Sherman to Major-General H. W. Halleck, December 24, 1864, Civil War Era NC, accessed September 21, 2017, https://cwnc.omeka.chass.ncsu.edu/items/show/782.