This Week in the Civil War - #1019
On Wednesday, February 1, 1865 Union General William Tecumseh Sherman began his march into the interior of South Carolina from Savannah, Georgia and Beaufort, South Carolina. The Union Fifteenth and Seventeenth Corps moved ahead despite burned bridges and felled trees by the few Confederate forces which blocked their way. The flooded Savannah River proved to be a greater impediment to confront than the enemy. Sherman was still disguising his goal to confuse his enemy; he intended to take Columbia, South Carolina’s capital, but he feinted toward both Charlestown and Augusta to confuse Hardee’s Confederates. Confederate cavalry harassed the Union advance but in no way impeded Sherman’s northward march into the state which was so symbolically tied to the principle of states’ rights and had witnessed the start of the war.