November 21, 1864:
Parts of the Right Wing of Sherman’s army pass through Gordon and move on east to Irwinton. Their column stretches out for miles as they choke the roads. The Left Wing continues to move closer to Milledgeville. Sherman remarks in his memoirs that they only made 8 miles on this hard, cold, windy day. That night an uncommon early season snow storm blanketed the army with snow. The southern civilians accuse the yankees of bringing the cold weather with them.
General Hardee, in command of the Confederate forces in Georgia, is in Macon where he has been preparing to defend the city. His scouts have reported that the Federal columns have turned away from Macon and have started on a move eastward. Hardee now realizes that the Federal objective is most likely Augusta or Savannah. General Hardee begins to shift his troops as well as Wheeler’s cavalry to the east in an effort to slow down the Federal Advance.
This past weekend I was invited by the 10th Iowa (Adjunct) to the 150th Battle of Bentonville reenactment, to come along and photograph their unit. I have to say that it was an incredible experience with a truly impressive group of reenactors. Their attention to the detail in their period impressions was incredible. It was an honor and a pleasure to have the opportunity to photograph such a fine group of reenactors.
Photographs from the reenactment can be seen here:
150th Battle of Bentonville Reenactment
I also have a short video of the 10th Iowa marching into the reenactment of Saturday morning. They camped off site on Friday night and on Saturday morning they marched over 8 miles. They even did a little foraging for food along the way. If you look close you can see a few chickens. Be patient with the video, it takes about 12 seconds before it starts.
150th Bentonville March
For some reason, this image below is one of my favorite. A soldiers feet take them everywhere they need to go.
|These boots have traveled many a mile to sway the tide of battle.