Politics began dominating northern discourse, as three major candidates were running for president. Democrats fought among themselves, while Abraham Lincoln worked to unite the Radical and conservative Republicans. Fighting intensified in the Shenandoah, and southerners endured misery in Georgia.
1 Sep – After the heavy fighting the previous day, just one Confederate corps was left to face six Federal corps at Jonesboro, south of Atlanta on the Macon & Western Railroad.
3 Sep – Major General William T. Sherman received official confirmation that his Federals had captured the vital industrial and railroad city of Atlanta.
4 Sep – A Federal private ended the life of one of the Confederacy’s most legendary raiders.
5 Sep – Major General William T. Sherman’s three Federal armies regrouped after capturing Atlanta, allowing General John Bell Hood’s Confederate Army of Tennessee to escape.
5 Sep – Major General Wade Hampton, commanding cavalry for the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, received information that a herd of cattle capable of feeding the hungry army was loosely guarded by Federals.
7 Sep – Major General William T. Sherman, commanding the Federal armies now occupying Atlanta, made the controversial decision to force all residents out of their city.
8 Sep – Former General-in-Chief George B. McClellan officially accepted the presidential nomination by the Democratic Party. However, he alienated the peace wing of the party by repudiating their call to end the war at any cost.
10 Sep – President Abraham Lincoln worked to reunite the conservatives and Radicals within his Republican Party as the presidential race began heating up.
The Shenandoah Valley: Sheridan Plans an Offensive
16 Sep –
The Battle of Opequon
19 Sep –
Georgia: Planning Upcoming Operations
20 Sep –
The Battle of Fisher’s Hill
22 Sep –
The Battle of Fisher’s Hill: Aftermath
23 Sep –
Forrest Captures Athens
24 Sep –
Jefferson Davis Travels South
25 Sep –
Price’s Missouri Incursion: Fort Davidson
26 Sep –
Bloody Bill’s Centralia Raid
27 Sep –
The Battle of Chaffin’s Bluff
28 Sep –
The Battle of Peebles’s Farm
30 Sep –
Last Updated: 9/6/2019