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After basic William Tecumseh Sherman took Atlanta in September 1864, normal John B. Hood's military of Tennessee regrouped open air the town and countered the grouped outdoor town and countered the Federals by way of attacking northwest, towards Chattanooga. Rebuffed at Allatoona, Hood withdrew into Alabama as Sherman initiated his grand process: Leaving basic George H. Thomas in Tennessee to house Hood, Sherman led his forces from Atlanta on a march southeastward to the ocean.

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What do you suggest, 'corps? ' I belong to normal Sherman's military. " corps flags. easily: requested soldier to males OF THE fifth OHIO CAVALRY 14^ HEADQUARTERS SHERMAN'S HEADQUARTERS FLAG OF THE MISSISSIPPI 36 XIV CORPS HEADQUARTERS FUiG males OF THE seventeenth OHIO The Weary Campaigners 38 of XV Corps, one other western have been worn down via prolonged campaigning and a ordinary loss of supphes. Sergeant John Risedorph of the 4th Minnesota (far correct, backside) started the march barefoot; yet with a selection attribute of his corps he famous in his diary, "I have inspiration i couldn't cross one other step, yet a few impossible to resist impression urges me alongside. " Captain George Pepper, the chaplain of the eightieth Ohio (above, seated farthest right), set out from Atlanta with the lads purely "a towel, a cracker, a testomony, and outfit, Southern paper, saying Sherman's retreat from Hood. " within the face of those hardships, the lads of XV Corps shared totally within the proud spirit of the crusade a sense captured via Captain Neal Neff of the 54th Ohio (right, retaining hat), who defined the march in a poem: "Those columns lengthy and robust, in blue. To freedom and the Union actual. Did back their ahead march pursue, O'er hill and rill and undeniable. " a overdue — I i SERGEANT JOHN RISEDORPH, 4TH MINNESOTA "^S XVII CORPS HEADQUARTERS FLAG SILAS BLAIR (LEFT) AND HIS a capability to Adapt The XVII Corps had and a few" foodstuff of confiscated red meat or red meat profitable conflict checklist of which they have been finish of a ramrod and of valuable decks of playing cards so worn from use that the markings may possibly not be unique. the contest for foodstuff was once excessive, and infrequently arguments arose over its ownership. Such disputes, remembered 18-year-old Captain Charles Belknap, have been all that threatened to disrupt the troops of an extended very proud. Already used to the deprivations of warfare, the westerners of the corps tailored simply to the vicissitudes of the to the ocean. bring to a halt from their common march assets of offer, the males foraged with a and made do with what they'd; their spirits remained excessive. F. Y. Hedley, adjutant of the thirty second Illinois, wrote of "tooth- will forty BROTHER HENRY, 63RD OHIO broiled on the "brotherly love" in his corps. thirty fifth NEW JERSEY ZOUAVES significant H. WILSON & CAPTAIN W. NEAL, twentieth OHIO XX CORPS HEADQUARTERS FLAG officials OF THE 2d MASSACHUSETTS Corps with a distinction Troops of XX Corps, chidingly referred to as the "paper collar and white glove fellows" by means of others at the march, have been the odd-men-out in Sherman's military. generally Easterners, they'd not just fought in a distinct theater of the battle, but in addition saw a much stricter code of self-discipline than the 3 different corps. the lads of XX Corps have been crisp in visual appeal and good practiced in drill, and at the beginning they disparaged the extra informal demeanour of the western troops. One XX Corps soldier wrote with disgust of the "raggedness and uncleanhness" of the males within the different corps. one other went even fur- "The XX Corps has passed the Western military as a lot in its combating qualther: ity as it does in visual appeal, drill and disci- turns out males could make a neat visual appeal on costume parade and struggle good too.

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