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William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 1, chapter 15 (search)
e might apply to me. The next spring when I was in Chattanooga, preparing for the Atlanta campaign, Corporal Pike made his appearance and asked a fulfillment of my promise. I inquired what he wanted, and he said he wanted to do something bold, something that would make him a hero. I explained to him, that we were getting ready to go for Joe Johnston at Dalton, that I expected to be in the neighborhood of Atlanta about the 4th of July, and wanted the bridge across the Savannah River at Augusta, Georgia, to be burnt about that time, to produce alarm and confusion behind the rebel army. I explained to Pike that the chances were three to one that he would be caught and hanged; but the greater the danger the greater seemed to be his desire to attempt it. I told him to select a companion, to disguise himself as an East Tennessee refugee, work his way over the mountains into North Carolina, and at the time appointed to float down the Savannah River and burn that bridge. In a few days he h
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 2, chapter 17 (search)
ly and persistently, so that in no event could any part be detached to assist General Lee in Virginia; General Grant undertaking in like manner to keep Lee so busy that he could not respond to any calls of help by Johnston. Neither Atlanta, nor Augusta, nor Savannah, was the objective, but the army of Jos. Johnston, go where it might. [private and confidential.] headquarters armies of the United States, Washington, D. C., April 4, 1864. Major-General W. T. Sherman, commanding Military Die. McPherson is ordered to assemble the Fifteenth Corps near Larkin's, and to get the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Corps (Dodge and Blair) at Decatur at the earliest possible moment. From these two points he will direct his forces on Lebanon, Summerville, and Lafayette, where he will act against Johnston, if he accept battle at Dalton; or moye in the direction of Rome, if the enemy give up Dalton, and fall behind the Oostenaula or Etowah. I see that there is some risk in dividing our forces,
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 2, chapter 19 (search)
ointed out to him Thomas's position and his own. I then explained minutely that, after we had sufliciently broken up the Augusta road, I wanted to shift his whole army around by the rear to Thomas's extreme right, and hoped thus to reach the other rng proceeded at all others. I also send you a copy of General Garrard's report of the breaking of the railroad toward Augusta. I am now grouping my command to attack the Macon road, and with that view will intrench a strong line of circumvallatihe whole of the Army of the Tennessee to our right flank, leaving Schofield to stretch out so as to rest his left on the Augusta road, then torn up for thirty miles eastward; and, as auxiliary thereto, I ordered all the cavalry to be ready to pass aStoneman) went on. The month of July therefore closed with our infantry line strongly intrenched, but drawn out from the Augusta road on the left to the Sandtown road on the right, a distance of full ten measured miles. The enemy, though evidentl
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 2, chapter 20 (search)
posed in your telegram, so as to threaten Macon and Augusta equally. Whichever one should be abandoned by the e of corn and meat, and could so threaten Macon and Augusta that the enemy would doubtless give up Macon for AuAugusta; then I would move so as to interpose between Augusta and Savannah, and force him to give us Augusta, witAugusta and Savannah, and force him to give us Augusta, with the only powder-mills and factories remaining in the South, or let us have the use of the Savannah River. EiAugusta, with the only powder-mills and factories remaining in the South, or let us have the use of the Savannah River. Either horn of the dilemma will be worth a battle. I would prefer his holding Augusta (as the probabilities are)Augusta (as the probabilities are); for then, with the Savannah River in our possession, the taking of Augusta would be a mere matter of time. TAugusta would be a mere matter of time. This campaign can be made in the winter. But the more I study the game, the more am I convinced that it wouldployed and put my army in fine order for a march on Augusta, Columbia, and Charleston; and start as soon as Wil possession of Macon and a point on the river below Augusta. The possession of the Savannah River is more than
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 2, chapter 21 (search)
if necessity should compel us to go ahead. Mr. Hill resided at Madison, on the main road to Augusta, and seemed to realize fully the danger; said that further resistance on the part of the South seems to be moving, as it were, to the Alabama line, leaving open the road to Macon, as also to Augusta; but his cavalry is busy on all our roads. A force, number estimated as high as eight thousandat Savannah would soon be in our possession, I should be tempted to march for Milledgeville and Augusta; but I must first secure what I have. Jeff. Davis is at Macon. W. T. Sherman, Major-General. er-General Raum. General Hood had evidently marched with rapidity up the Chattooga Valley, by Summerville, Lafayette, Ship's Gap, and Snake-Creek Gap, and had with him his whole army, except a small Hood is not at Dear Head Cove. We occupy Ship's Gap and Lafayette. Hood is moving south via Summerville, Alpine, and Gadsden. If he enters Tennessee, it will be to the west of Huntsville, but I th
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 2, chapter 22 (search)
urpose to march direct for Richmond by way of Augusta and Charlotte, but always designed to reach tgetting ahead of us between Milledgeville and Augusta; and General W. J. Hardee had been dispatchedrough the town and beyond Brier Creek, toward Augusta, thus keeping up the delusion that the main acould receive reenforcements from Virginia or Augusta. General Slocum had already captured a coupldition will be filled by holding Savannah and Augusta, or by holding any other port to the east of bly removed their most valuable property from Augusta, perhaps Branchville would be the most importhat they appear as clear as daylight. I left Augusta untouched on purpose, because the enemy will , cross the Savannah, feign on Charleston and Augusta, but strike between, breaking en route the Chcan be done, I propose to be on the road from Augusta to Charleston, which is a continuation of theolina, and they have gone north, en route for Augusta, and I have reason to believe the North Carol[9 more...]
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 2, chapter 23 (search)
when the war was actually over. I concluded to give them the option to remain or to join their friends in Charleston or Augusta, and so announced in general orders. The mayor, Dr. Arnold, was completely subjugated, and, after consulting with him, rolina. Of course, I gave out with some ostentation, especially among the rebels, that we were going to Charleston or Augusta; but I had long before made up my mind to waste no time on either, further than to play off on their fears, thus to retat will be eating up the same stores on which Lee depends for his command. I have no doubt Hood will bring his army to Augusta. Canby and Thomas should penetrate Alabama as far as possible, to keep employed at least a part of Hood's army; or, whaand seem to be merely watching us. If we start on Tuesday, in one week we shall be near Orangeburg, having broken up the Augusta road from the Edisto westward twenty or twenty-five miles. I will be sure that every rail is twisted. Should we encount
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 2, Chapter 22: campaign of the Carolinas. February and March, 1866. (search)
The enemy occupied the cities of Charleston and Augusta, with garrisons capable of making a respectable if ssee) were being hurried rapidly across Georgia, by Augusta, to make junction in my front; estimating them at tunications of the enemy in Charleston with those in Augusta. Early on the 7th, in the midst of a rain-storm,iken, to keep up the delusion that we might turn to Augusta; but he was notified that Columbia was the next objhere. Some of them were reported as having reached Augusta, under the command of General Dick Taylor. Haviners to pause on the road leading from Orangeburg to Augusta, till it was certain that the Seventeenth Corps hadoncentrated all the men they could from Charleston, Augusta, and even from Virginia. That night I was with the that we were after Charleston; the rebel troops in Augusta supposed they were our objective; so they abandonedd-straight on Columbia, feigning on Branchville and Augusta. We destroyed, in passing, the railroad from the E
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 2, chapter 25 (search)
ood, and forage, on the country, which, now that war had ceased, it was our solemn duty to protect, instead of plunder. I accordingly ordered the captured steamer Jeff. Davis to be loaded with stores, to proceed at once up the Savannah River to Augusta, with a small detachment of troops to occupy the arsenal, and to open communication with General Wilson at Macon; and on the next day, May 2d, this steamer was followed by another with a full cargo of clothing, sugar, coffee, and bread, sent from Hilton Head by the department commander, General Gillmore, with a stronger guard commanded by General Molineux. Leaving to General Gillmore, who was present, and in whose department General Wilson was, to keep up the supplies at Augusta, and to facilitate as far as possible General Wilson's operations inland, I began my return on the 2d of May. We went into Charleston Harbor, passing the ruins of old Forts Moultrie and Sumter without landing. We reached the city of Charleston, which was he