By Mark Nesbitt
This is often the tale of 2 younger warring parties stuck up in a single of the main recognized and demanding campaigns in all historical past. After years of battle and thirty-five days of extreme marching alongside 100 miles of scorching summer season roads, Thomas Ware, a accomplice soldier from rural Georgia, and Franklin Horner, a Union soldier from the coal kingdom of Pennsylvania, prove battling on nearly an identical battlefield at Gettysburg. En path to that fateful day, either make day-by-day entries in small, leather-bound diaries they bring. They write approximately what is vital to them-receiving mail, writing letters, having whatever to devour, surviving strive against. Historian Mark Nesbitt areas the entries into the bigger context of the conflict and amplifies the diarists's observation.
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He ordered William to leave Memphis and march south toward Vicksburg. At the end of December 1862, William met Confederate forces at Chickasaw Bluffs, north of Vicksburg. William’s troops fought under heavy gunfire and in a thick fog. But they could not take the Confederate position high on the bluffs along the river. William retreated. William’s loss was embarrassing, and again newspapers wrote that he lacked ability. But William did capture a Confederate fort at a place called Arkansas Post. There, he was helped by gunboats that floated up the Mississippi River and attacked the fort.
General Grant gave William the command of three armies in the West. His future mission was to defeat the large army of Marching, Fighting, and Winning Confederate general Joseph Johnston and take the city of Atlanta. But first, William went home on a visit. He spent the Christmas of 1863 with Ellen and their children. The town’s citizens treated him like a famous hero. People came to visit and crowded around him. On New Year’s Day 1864, William took his daughter Minnie by train to a boarding school in Cincinnati.
After a 60-mile march to Bentonville, North Carolina, William met up with Johnston’s troops. By this time, Johnston’s army, like other Southern armies, was small and weakened from fighting. Still, Johnston fought fiercely. But William won the battle. He could not know that it would be his last battle of the Civil War. Events were moving quickly. In Virginia, Grant won hard-fought battles, and General 63 64 WILLIAM SHERMAN Robert E. Lee finally surrendered his forces on April 9, 1865. Shortly after, William took the city of Raleigh, North Carolina, without a fight.