This Week in the Civil War - #1013
As Sherman’s Union forces invaded South Carolina, Sherman and his staff moved their headquarters to Beaufort, South Carolina. Sherman’s actual target was Columbia, Georgia, despite the fact that he tried to give the impression that his army intended to take Charlestown or Augusta, rather than Columbia. On Wednesday, January 25, 1865 Union troops successfully completed a reconnaissance from Pocotaligo to the Salkehatchie River within Georgia “to amuse the enemy,” as Sherman later reported. On the following day with skirmishing continuing around Pocotaligo, Sherman’s forces also threatened Charlestown, further confusing Joseph Johnston’s Confederate defenders. To the greatly outnumbered and inadequately equipped Confederate defenders, it seemed that William Tecumseh Sherman could attack wherever and whenever he so desired as his vengeful army moved steadily northward through the Georgia countryside.