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In Their Own Words

November 28, 1864

Liberal Foraging by Sherman’s Troops

Henry Hitchcock, Gen. Sherman’s secretary, wrote in his diary:

“Thus we approached Ogeechee [River] at two points - one column at Louisville, which is ten to twelve miles above railroad bridge, - and other three columns coming towards railroad bridge across the Ogeechee which is at Station 10. Meanwhile Kilpatrick has gone far round to the North from Milledgeville via Sparta, with orders to choose his own road and strike and cut R.R. at or near Wainesboro [sic], between Augusta and Millen, - thence to come down on Millen if possible with dash and rescue prisoners and again cut Savannah railroad below Millen … .Today’s march on sandy roads, and through woods chiefly pines, though as yet we still see oaks and other trees. Good farms along the travelled roads, and crops have all been good. We see hardly any cotton, corn almost exclusively instead - for which we are much obliged. We often laugh over J.D’s [Confederate President Jefferson Davis] idea that Sherman’s army will be starved out. Never was an army so bountifully supplied.”

Source: M.A. DeWolfe Howe (ed.), Marching with Sherman: Passages from the Letters and Campaign Diaries of Henry Hitchcock, Major and assistant Adjutant General of Volunteers, November 1864-May 1865 (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1995), pp. 107-108.