This Day in Georgia Civil War History
December 19, 1864
Hardee Planned for Retreat
Despite the blustery exchange of letters two days earlier (on December 17), Confederate General William J. Hardee had no intention of subjecting his small army to attacks by Sherman’s powerful Union forces. Hardee’s chief of artillery, Col. Charles C. Jones, Jr., wrote on this day of preparing for retreat.
“At eight o’clock on the evening of the 17th the first pontoon bridge, spanning the Savannah River from the foot of West Broad Street to Hutchinson’s Island was completed, and by half past eight o’clock P.M. on Monday the 19th the remaining bridges were finished and the route was in readiness for the retreat.”