The Federal elections took place as the armies of a major nation voted for their commander-in-chief for the first time in history. Southerners watched with interest; most favored George B. McClellan, but some supported Abraham Lincoln because at least they knew where he stood. Confederate forces launched desperate attacks at various points, including a tragic clash in Tennessee, but the Federal war machine was only growing stronger.
1 Nov – Major General Nathan Bedford Forrest’s Confederate cavalry moved south up the Tennessee River on two captured Federal transports to disrupt Federal river traffic en route to Johnsonville.
2 Nov – Major General William T. Sherman prepared to lead his Federal forces southeast from Atlanta to the Atlantic coast, despite General John Bell Hood’s Confederate Army of Tennessee disrupting his supply lines.
3 Nov – Letter from Cyrus H. Lewis of the 1st Missouri Engineers to his parents.
6 Nov – Major General William T. Sherman, having received formal authorization, finalized plans to advance his Federal armies through Georgia, from Atlanta to the Atlantic Ocean.
7 Nov – The second session of the Second Confederate Congress assembled and received President Jefferson Davis’s optimistic annual message.
7 Nov – By November, most pundits believed that President Abraham Lincoln and his Republican party would win the upcoming elections. However, the Republicans were not taking any chances.
8 Nov – Abraham Lincoln won reelection, thus ensuring that the war to destroy the Confederacy and reunite the Union would continue.
10 Nov – President Abraham Lincoln delivered a speech to serenaders after his reelection was confirmed.
13 Nov – After being routed at Cedar Creek in October, Lieutenant General Jubal Early’s Confederates left the Shenandoah Valley. But some were not yet ready to admit complete defeat.
15 Nov – Leading elements of Major General William T. Sherman’s Federal armies began moving out of Atlanta, headed southeast toward the Atlantic Ocean.
18 Nov – Georgia Governor Joseph E. Brown issued a proclamation urging all able-bodied men between the ages of 16 and 55 to form militias and oppose Major General William T. Sherman’s march through the state.
21 Nov – General John Bell Hood finally began moving his Confederate army in a desperate effort to destroy the Federal armies in Tennessee and then continue north into Kentucky and beyond.
22 Nov – General John Bell Hood led his Confederate Army of Tennessee north to confront Major General John Schofield’s Army of the Ohio holding the forward Federal line at Pulaski, Tennessee.
23 Nov – Major General William T. Sherman entered the capital of Georgia and saw that his Federals had already begun laying waste to the town.
25 Nov – Lieutenant John W. Headley and seven Confederate agents attempted to burn New York City in retaliation for Federal depredations in Atlanta and the Shenandoah Valley.
26 Nov – Major General William T. Sherman’s Federal march through Georgia resumed, as did the destruction and desolation left in the soldiers’ wake.
28 Nov – The famed Confederate commerce raider C.S.S. Florida, which had been captured under dubious circumstances in October, suspiciously sank before she could be returned.
28 Nov – General John Bell Hood’s Confederate Army of Tennessee stood poised to attack the Federal Army of the Ohio at Columbia, Tennessee. But miscommunication led to an enormous missed opportunity for the Confederates.
29 Nov – U.S. troops slaughtered peaceful Native Americans on their reservation, which paved the way toward permanently banishing Indians from Colorado.
30 Nov – General John Bell Hood directed his Confederate Army of Tennessee to make a desperate frontal assault on strong Federal defenses south of Nashville.
30 Nov – Federal troops clashed with a makeshift enemy force while trying to prevent the Confederates from reinforcing Savannah.
Last Updated: 11/30/2019