- His army in Northern Georgia -- concentrated at Atlanta -- he moves southward -- fight at Lovejoy's -- Kilpatrick before Macon -- Slocum at Milledgeville -- Howard at Sandersville -- Kilpatrick at Wavnesboroa -- fights Wheeler -- Blair at Millen -- Hazen at Statesboroa -- fight at the Ogeechee -- Blair crosses at Fort Argyle -- Slocum crosses at Louisville -- Sherman approaches Savanuah -- Hazen storms Fort McAllister -- Sherman hears from Foster and Dahlgren -- Starts for Hilton head -- Hardee evacuates Savannah -- Sherman's losses and captures in Georgia -- correspondence with Lincoln -- Dana's, Davidson's, and Grierson's raids -- Grierson's victory at Egypt -- Hatch worsted at Honey Hill -- Foster occupies Pocotaligo -- Sherman enters South Carolina -- pushes for the Edisto -- horrible roads -- fight near Branchville -- Kilpatrick at Aiken -- Blair fights and wins near Orangeburg -- fight at the Congaree -- Hood's remnant, under Cheatham, pass our left -- Columbia surrendered -- great conflagration -- Sherman's and Wade Hampton's accounts of it -- Hardee evacuates Charleston and its defenses -- Pollard's account of its devastation -- our flag raised on forts Sumter, Ripley, and Pinckney -- Sherman's foraging -- his ‘Bummers’ -- fight at Williston's Station -- Atkins's repulse -- Sherman at Waynesboroa -- Hlair at Cheraw -- occupies Fayetteville, N. C. -- Hampton surprises Kilpatrick -- is beaten off -- Slocum attacked by Hardee at Averysboroa -- Rebels recoil -- Jo. Johnston sirikes Slocum at Bentonville -- indecisive fighting -- Johnston decamps -- Sherman enters Goldsboroa -- Butler and Weitzel's expedition to Fort Fisher -- the powder Ship -- Porter's bombardment -- Butler returns to the James -- Grant dissatisfied -- expedition sent back under Terry -- Fort Fisher invested -- bombarded by the fleet -- the sailors' assault -- repulsed -- Gen. Ames assaults from the land side -- desperate fighting -- the Fort carried -- losses -- explosion of magazine -- Gen. Schofield arrives -- advances on Wilmington -- fight at town creek -- Fort Anderson evacuated -- Hoke retreats -- Burns vessels and stores -- Wilmington given up -- advance to Kingston -- Upham surprised at Southwest creek -- Hoke strikes out -- is repulsed, and retreats -- Schofield enters Goldsboroa.
Gen. Sherman, after sending back to Chattanooga his sick and wounded, surplus guns, baggage, and the garrisons of his more northern posts in Georgia, had still under his immediate command the 14th, 15th, 17th, and 20th corps, numbering 60,000 infantry and artillery and 5,500 cavalry. Concentrating these around Rome and Kingston, Georgia, he thoroughly destroyed1 such portions of the railroads and such other property as he judged might be used to his prejudice by the enemy, reserving for the last sacrifice the telegraph which still connected him with Grant, Washington, and the North; but, at length, cutting that,2 after sending his parting messages, his army stood clear of all posts and communications — a strictly movable column — and commenced its memorable march. For this, it had been organized in two grand divisions or wings: the right led by