Diary of Orrin Brown—Feb 4, 1865

Sherman tintypeDiary of Orrin Brown, Sister’s Ferry, Georgia

Saturday–Feb. 4th

It rained lightly through the night and was damp and wet this AM. I wrote another letter home today. It cleared off this PM and was warm and pleasant. We had Company drill both AM and PM and Dress Parade at 4 PM. There was a detail of 7 men out of each company of our regt. at work on the road today over across the river. We drew one days ration of fresh beef today. I read 5 Chapts. in the Testament today.

Harper’s Weekly editorialized on William Sherman this week in 1865, as the general began his Campaign in the Carolinas.  Harper’s noted that despite the Confederate press’ calls to resistance, the average Southern citizen recognized futility, finishing their column:

There is no reason to suppose that Sherman’s task will be more difficult in Carolina than in Georgia, except from the greater number of veteran troops which will possibly be concentrated against him.  It is understood, however, that he is no weaker, to say the least, than hew was in Georgia; and as his movement is but a part of Grant’s combined operations, the enemy will be perplexed where to weaken his one, when every point is equally important.

Sherman is a blessing who disguises himself so impenetrably that the rebels are in the most delightful doubt at what precise point the benediction will burst upon them.




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