On this date in History .... 1865:
Confederate Army tries and fails to stop Sherman’s March in Bentonville, North
As Sherman swung north out of
Savannah, he assume the rebels troops in the Carolinas were too dispersed to be
of any real problem, but Confederate General Joseph Johnston rounded up 17,000
troops and surprised the Union Army, driving them back a bit before additional
Union troops arrived, giving Sherman a 3-1 edge.
Both sides had significant losses: Respectively, the Union/Confederate numbers
for those killed were 194/240; for those wounded were 1112/1700. But the largest difference was in the number
of men “missing”. The Union reported
only 221 missing (deserters?) to the Confederates 1500 missing.