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  1. frontrank2

    Last Days of the Confederacy: Sherman in the Carolinas

    In the early months of 1865, William Tecumseh Sherman's name came to embody the embattled Confederacy's worst fears. Sherman left Georgia devastated in December 1864, and then turned his forces northward to begin the Carolinas Campaign—an offensive that caused the collapse of the Confederacy's...
  2. highplainsdrifter59

    The reason as to why Sherman attacked at the Kennesaw line.

    I guess the best answer is from Sherman himself. In his memoirs this is his statement as to why to attack Johnston fortified line on June 27th, 1864 ‘I had consulted Generals Thomas, McPherson, and Schofield, and we all agreed that we could not with prudence stretch out any more, and therefore...
  3. Andy Cardinal

    First Bull Run Col. W. T. Sherman: "Then for the first time I saw the Carnage of battle"

    Although a regular army officer, William T. Sherman had never seen major combat before First Bull Run. The following is from a letter to his wife Ellen written a few days after the battle: "After an hour of close contest our men began to fall into confusion. 111 had been killed and some 250...
  4. gentlemanrob

    Sherman, Francis T.

    Francis Trowbridge Sherman Born: December 31, 1825 Birthplace: Newton, Connecticut Father: Chicago Mayor Francis Cornwall Sherman 1805 – 1870 (Buried: Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois) Mother: Electa Trowbridge 1806 – 1879 (Buried: Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois) Wife: Eleanor...
  5. M

    Sherman nearly captured at Collierville. " government pays me to fight and not surrender"

    During the first Battle of Collierville Major General William T. Sherman arrived by train as Confederate Brigadier General James Chalmers attacked Collieville. When the train stopped a mile from Collieville, Sherman unloaded the troops on the train and sent them into the battle. Sherman was...
  6. W

    Discussion Sherman / Andersonville Prison

    On Sherman's "March to the Sea", the right flank of the Army passed on the north side of the Ocmulgee river at Macon barley 60 miles from the dreaded Andersonville Prison. Had Sherman liberated the prison, not only would he have freed prisoners, he would have saved many from death on the...
  7. Belle Montgomery

    Smithsonian Magazine: "General Sherman Smitten by Vinnie Ream" - More Juicy Gossip?

    Could it be? The Smithsonian spreading gossip about General Sherman too? Goes to show you never can tell who says what about whom about the men and women of the ACW! Enjoy James N. "The Prairie Cinderella who sculpted Lincoln and Farragut" - and Set Tongues Wagging" These are taken from an...
  8. Belle Montgomery

    Juicy Gossip! William Tecumseh Sherman's "Mulatto Wife"

    Excerpt from the journal of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas (1848-1889) Tuesday January 3, 1865: Gen. Kilpatrick was supposedly no better-I posted this too:
  9. Belle Montgomery

    Battle of Vicksburg Medal of Honor Recipient Reburied at Veterans Cemetery

    Buy Now Maj. Gen. James Hoyer (center), adjutant general of the West Virginia National Guard, salutes as the casket carrying the remains of James Calvin Summers is brought in for a memorial service at the Donel C. Kinnard State Veterans Cemetery, in Dunbar. Summers, a private in the U.S. Army...
  10. wausaubob

    What really happened at Chattanooga?

    People project their opinions on the outcome of the battle. But they fail to account for the fact that it was a grand meeting of West Pointers. Grant, Sherman, Sheridan, Thomas, O.O. Howard, all men who held the major commands until the end of the war, met and held a graduate course on command...
  11. Cody C. Engdahl

    The Redemption of General Sherman

    Today is the 154th Anniversary of the Surrender at Bennett Place and the end of all major military operations of the American Civil War. I wrote a blog post: The Redemption of General Sherman. What do you think?
  12. John Hartwell

    Sherman the Kisser

    San Francisco Bulletin, Feb. 7, 1885 The famous opera singer Mme. Patti, however, was not impressed. In a March 15, 1884, interview with a reporter from the Cleveland Plain Dealer, on the subject of "Kissing," she recounted her experience with the "impudent" general: She expressed her general...
  13. Belle Montgomery

    Manchester attic home to 'lost' Navajo treaty negotiated by Gen. Sherman

    Resident's ancestor help negotiate 1868 agreement On June 1, 1868, in the desert heat and dust of Fort Sumner, New Mexico, representatives of the United States government and the Navajo Nation signed a treaty that allowed the Navajo to return to their homeland, not wholly free, but liberated...
  14. SWMODave

    He looked at me hard to discover the horns and talons of the devil

    Generals Babcock, Sherman, and Major Anderson When the army I had the honor to command from "Atlanta to the Sea" reached Savannah, the first essential step was to carry, by assault, Fort McAlister, in order to open up communication with the fleet sent in anticipation with supplies. The work was...
  15. SWMODave

    He has the love and respect of the old army... which gave him freedom

    In 1888, General William T Sherman penned an article titled “Old Shady, With a Moral”. In the article, he wrote “I believe him now to be dead, but living or dead, he has the love and respect of the old army of the Tennessee which gave him freedom. " Good bye, Massa Jeff ; good bye, Massa...
  16. wausaubob

    Grant and Lee compared, to others.

    There may be possible comparisons between Civil War generals and modern generals. The one comparison I have seen is between Ulysses Grant and General Omar Bradley. Both were described as uniquely suited to command American non-professional soldiers. Is that a valid comparison? One of our...
  17. JPK Huson 1863

    Dogs Of War, Or, Home Is Where The Bowl Is

    This one is easy to miss, gentleman far left, seated on the ground in protective charge of this little scrap , who General Napoleon Bonaparte McLaughlen included in his staff. We loved, adored, cherished and delighted in our dogs. This is unsurprisingly from just one of the school texts, " D...
  18. WJC

    Was Meade the Victim of Political Intrigue?

    Some historians have suggested that George B. McClellan not only brought about his own dismissal by his self-aggrandizement, insubordination, and over-cautiousness but was 'forced out' because he was seen as a potential Democrat candidate (which he later became). The argument claims that though...
  19. SWMODave

    War Is Cruelty ........ madam ...... mom!

    Maria Willis Boyle Ewing Grenville Dodge in his 'Personal Recollections of …' wrote .... "At a dinner given us by General Granger, the General's mother, or mother-in-law, who had known Sherman when in army, upbraided Sherman for the pillaging and "stealing" done by Sherman's soldiers on their...
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