Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Big Black River” in chapter 125 of Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 8.:
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On the morning of February third, General Sherman, with a force of twenty-five thousand men, marched from Big Black River .
General Sherman and General Hurlbut's division crossed at Messenger's Ferry, five miles above the line of the Southern Railroad, and General McPherson's division at the railroad-crossing.
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