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William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 11: (search)
Mobile, he thought Sherman had better move on Augusta as soon as his men were rested, while Canby alatter could capture the Savannah River up to Augusta, or the Chattahoochee up to Columbus. The fo sure of finding provisions and ammunition at Augusta or Columbus, Georgia, I can march to Milledgeville and compel Hood to give up Augusta or Macon, and could then turn on the other. The country w manage to take the Savannah River as high as Augusta, or the Chattahoochee as far up as Columbus, in your telegram, so as to threaten Macon and Augusta equally, Whichever one should be abandoned by and put my army in fine order for a march on Augusta, Columbia, and Charleston, and start as soon ssion of Macon and a point on the river below Augusta. * * * This last is sufficiently explici believe me, I can take Macon, Milledgeville, Augusta, and Savannah, Ga., and wind up with closing might destroy the enemy's depots at Macon and Augusta, and reach the sea-shore at Charleston or Sav[3 more...]
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 12: (search)
not accede to General Slocum's proposition to pass a sufficient force to the South Carolina shore, to close Hardee's only line of escape: General Slocum had already captured a couple of steamboats trying to pass down the Savannah River from Augusta, and had established some of his men on Argyle and Hutchinson Islands above the city, and wanted to transfer a whole corps to the South Carolina bank; but, as the enemy had iron-clad gun-boats in the river, I did not deem it prudent, because the Hardee had slipped out. Still, I know that the men that were in Savannah will be lost, in a measure, to Jeff. Davis, for the Georgia troops under G. W. Smith declared they would not fight in South Carolina, and they have gone north en route for Augusta; and I have reason to believe the North Carolina troops have gone to Wilmington; in other words, they are scattered. But these reflections will scarcely break the force of Mr. Stanton's words, heretofore quoted, from a dispatch to General G
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 16: (search)
dable in contending the passage of the larger rivers. On the right were the garrisons of Charleston, Georgetown, and Wilmington. There was reason to expect that a portion of Hood's army would arrive on the left and strike from the direction of Augusta. Lastly, Wade Hampton, then popular in South Carolina, had been sent down from Lee's army to rally an opposing force. And, as the result proved, before serious battle was delivered, an army estimated at thirty-seven thousand veteran Confederatortant omissions. Concerning the start from Savannah northward, General Sherman writes: I knew full well at the time that the broken fragments of Hood's army (which had escaped from Tennessee) were being hurried rapidly across Georgia, by Augusta, to make junction in my front, estimating them at the maximum, twenty-five thousand men, and Hardee's, Wheeler's, and Hampton's forces at fifteen thousand, made forty thousand, which, if handled with spirit and energy, would constitute a formida
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 19: (search)
the time under fire from May till September, did not escape being made to feel this prejudice. While the army was moving from Atlanta on Hood, who had passed to its rear, Lieutenant-Colonel Warner, inspector-general on the staff, was appointed by the Governor of Ohio to the command of one of the new regiments from that State. Whereupon General Sherman issued the following order: [special field orders no. 98.] headquarters Military division of the Mississippi, in the field, Summerville, Ga., October 19, 1864. 1st. Lieutenant-Colonel Willard Warner, acting Inspector-General on the staff of this military division, having been appointed colonel of the One-Hundred and Eightieth Ohio, is hereby relieved from duty at these headquarters, and will proceed to Nashville and assume command of his new regiment. 2d. The General commanding thanks Colonel Warner for his most zealous and intelligent service during the past campaign, compliments him on his good sense in preferring
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 20: (search)
his order for a vigorous pursuit. While he claims that he originated the March to the Sea, and had it in his mind's eye by the 21st of September, the records prove that Grant had planned the campaign through to Mobile in the previous January, notified Halleck of it on the 15th of that month, Thomas on the 19th, and that in February Thomas was arranging the details of the move as far as Atlanta. The records show further, that on the 10th of September Grant suggested a move from Atlanta on Augusta or Savannah, instead of Mobile, since the control of the latter had passed into the hands of the Union forces. Concerning Savannah, the records reveal an escape of Hardee with ten thousand, from Sherman's sixty thousand, without disclosing even a plausible excuse. Here the Memoirs show Sherman looking back to Nashville, from whence alone, through defeat of Hood, could come a success that should vindicate his March to the Sea, and finding fault with Thomas, who, though crippled in all wa