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Augusta (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
armed by Sherman's movements, 407. Macon and Augusta threatened, 408. the Army crosses the Ogeechmy in the heart of Georgia, between Macon and Augusta, and so compel his foe to divide his forces, nd not only these two important places, At Augusta were some of the most important works in the lied to the Confederate army, by the works at Augusta, in the space of two months: 1,400,000 he threefold purpose of making a feint toward Augusta, covering the passage of the main army over tive the Confederates with the impression that Augusta, and not the sea-coast, was Sherman's destinaal of the captives from Millen. The value of Augusta to the Confederates, as a manufactory of cannays of Georgia. That leading from Atlanta to Augusta was utterly ruined from the former place to twing, make demonstrations in the direction of Augusta, and give Wheeler all the fighting he desiredStation, on the railway connecting Millen and Augusta, he fought Wheeler, Dec. 4. and drove him fr
Williamson (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
en choking the road for miles, might be taken across the Harpeth and put well on their way toward Nashville, eighteen miles distant. It was better to give battle there, with this encumbrance out of the way, than to be compelled to fight, as he doubtless would that day or the next, with his trains close at hand. Schofield's Headquarters. Schofield's Headquarters were at the house of Dr. D. B. Cliffe, on main Street, in the village of Franklin. That village was the capital of Williamson County, Tennessee, and was situated in a bend of the Harpeth River, which formed two sides of a square, with a sharp curve at the angle, as seen in the map on page 421. Schofield was satisfied that his foes were concentrated directly in his rear; for his cavalry, following the Lewisburg pike several miles eastward of his line of march, had encountered no enemy. He disposed his troops accordingly in a curved line south and west of the town, the flanks resting on the Harpeth; and then cast up a
New Lexington (Alabama, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
nd them, and rendered a successful pursuit impossible, for Thomas's pontoons were with Sherman. Then the weather became bitter cold, and the frozen, cut — up roads were almost impassable. Finally, at Columbia, Forrest, who was away on a raid when Thomas sallied out upon Hood, joined the latter, and, with his cavalry and four thousand infantry as a rear-guard, covered the broken Confederate army most effectually. This guard struck back occasionally, but the pursuit was continued to Lexington, in Alabama, where, on the 28th, December. it was suspended, when it was known that Hood had escaped across the Tennessee at Bainbridge, evading the gun-boats which Admiral S. P. Lee had sent up the river, at Thomas's request, to intercept him. While Hood was investing Nashville, he sent a cavalry force, under General Lyon, into Kentucky, to operate on the Louisville railroad. General Thomas detached General McCook's cavalry division, and sent it in pursuit of Lyon. McCook attacked and rout
Overall's Creek (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
ith his right resting on the Nolensville pike, and his left behind Richland Creek, retiring on the Hillsboroa pike, with cavalry on both flanks, extending to the river. On the same day, there was a smart contest at the railway crossing of Overall's Creek, five miles north of Murfreesboroa, where there was a block-house well-manned and armed. General Thomas was unwilling to relax his hold upon Chattanooga, and endeavored to keep open the railway communication between himself and Granger, at Stevenson. For that purpose, he placed General Rousseau, with eight thousand troops, in Fort Rosecrans, See note, page 549, volume II. at Murfreesboroa. When the block-house at Overall's Creek was attacked Dec. 4, 1864. by Bate's division of Cheatham's corps, General Milroy was sent out from Fort Rosecrans with a small force to its assistance. The little garrison held it firmly until Milroy came, when the assailants were quickly driven away. During the next three days, Bate was re-en
Morris Island (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
tack commenced, and could not return to his lines, so the command in the battle devolved on General Stanley, and Schofield could only watch the struggle from the ramparts, which he did with great anxiety. Battle of Franklin. Two brigades of Wagner's division of the Fourth Corps, were thrown forward, and held some slight breastworks a few hundred yards in front of the main line, whose key-point was Carter's Hill, a gentle eminence crossed by the Columbia and Nashville pike, leading through and three hundred prisoners. While these successful movements were occurring on the right, General Wood, commanding the center, had moved forward parallel with Smith's advancing column, and at one o'clock in the afternoon, the Third Brigade of Wagner's division, led by Colonel S. P. Post, of the Fifty-ninth Illinois, gallantly charged and carried Hood's works on Montgomery Hill, and took some prisoners. Then Thomas sent Schofield, who was held in reserve, rapidly to the right of Smith, by wh
Sandersville (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
ow upon its defenders, but such was not a part of Sherman's plan, and the former was content to cover the roads diverging from that city toward the Oconee River. Howard and Slocum now moved eastward simultaneously, the former from Gordon to Sandersville, destroying the railway to Tennille Station. He was confronted at the Oconee River, when laying a pontoon bridge for the passage of his army, by a force under General Wayne, of Georgia, composed of some of Wheeler's cavalry, a body of militia, and convicts from the Milledgeville penitentiary, already mentioned. Most of the latter, dressed in their prison garb, were captured in a skirmish that ensued, and Howard crossed the river without much difficulty. Slocum also moved to Sandersville from Milledgeville, and had some skirmishing near the former, with the main body of Wheeler's cavalry. At the same time Kilpatrick moved from Gordon to Milledgeville, and thence by Sparta and Gibson to Waynesboroa, on the Augusta and Millen railwa
Kingsport (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
is own request, at Tupelo, in Mississippi. It was during the active campaign in Middle Tennessee, just considered, that the stirring events in which Generals Gillem and Breckinridge were chief actors, occurred, as recorded on page 287. General Stoneman then took command in that region, and concentrated the forces of Gillem and Burbridge at Bean's Station. Thence he moved toward Bristol, Dec. 12, 1864. when his advance struck a force under Basil Duke, one of Morgan's officers, opposite Kingsport, dispersed them, captured their train, and took eighty-four of them prisoners. Burbridge pushed on to Bristol and Abingdon, capturing both places, with nearly three hundred prisoners, and destroying five loaded railway trains, and large quantities of stores and munitions of war. At Abingdon, Gillem joined Burbridge, Dec. 15. when Stoneman menaced the important salt-works at Saltville, in that vicinity. By this rapid advance into Virginia, Vaughan, in command of the Confederate frontie
Verona (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
ill another expedition, and more important than the two just mentioned, went out from the Mississippi three weeks later. Dec. 21. It was sent from Memphis, and was led by General Grierson. His force consisted of thirty-five hundred well-mounted men, and their destination was the Mobile and Ohio railway. Taking a nearly straight course through Northern Mississippi, they struck that road at Tupelo, and destroyed it to Okolona. On the way, Colonel Karge surprised Dec. 25. and dispersed, at Verona, a guard over ordnance and supplies destined for Hood's army. These were a-loading in two hundred wagons, which Forrest took from Sturgis in June. See page 247. Thirty-two cars, eight warehouses filled with supplies, and the wagons, were destroyed. When he arrived at Okolona, Grierson discovered that the Confederates were in considerable force and well intrenched at Egypt Station, a few miles below; and intercepted dispatches from General Dick Taylor, at Mobile, informed him that re-e
Clifton, Tenn. (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
ovement), it was abandoned, and Hood went westward to Tuscumbia. That important movement was the passage of the Tennessee River by Hood's army, a part of which crossed it at the mouth of Cyprus Creek, Oct. 31, 1864. not far from Florence, in the face of strong opposition from Croxton's brigade, which was pressed back to the east bank of Shoal Creek. It was now evident that Hood intended to advance into Middle Tennessee. General Hatch was ordered to move, with his cavalry division, from Clifton, to the support of Croxton; and, as we have seen, the Twenty-third Corps, under General Schofield, was directed to report to General Thomas, to whom was given full control of all the troops in the Military Division of the Mississippi, excepting those which were to accompany Sherman. See page 400. General Thomas J. Wood's division of the Fourth Corps reached Athens on the 31st, closely followed by the other divisions, when Stanley, the commander of the corps, concentrated his whole force
Vicksburg (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
out from the Lower Mississippi, to prevent the concentration of forces west of Georgia against Sherman during his march to the sea. One of these expeditions, composed of mounted men, was led by General Dana, who went out Nov. 25, 1864. from Vicksburg, fought and vanquished Confederates on the Big Black River, and destroyed several miles of the railway connecting New Orleans with Tennessee, with its bridges and rolling stock, much cotton and valuable stores. Another cavalry expedition, led ck several miles each way, while the Fourth Iowa destroyed cloth and shoe factories at Bankston. This was followed by the defeat of Confederate cavalry under Colonel Wood, at Benton, by Colonel Osband, and the speedy march of the expedition to Vicksburg, with its trophies of five hundred prisoners, eight hundred beeves, and a thousand; liberated slaves. It had been a destructive and alarming raid, During the raid, Grierson's men destroyed 95 railway cars, 300 wagons, 30 full warehouses, an
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