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General Sherman’s Army Was Huge!

Wagon Train

AN ARMY’S MARCH — General Sherman’s army, in it’s last march to meet Johnston, would, if it occupied a single road, require 125 miles of road to stretch itself upon.  The wagon trains of this army cannot march on less than forty miles of road. Its batteries will cover seven miles, its ambulances five. It carries 1,800,000 rations of bread, the same amount of sugar, and the same of salt.  Eight hundred wagon loads bread, and 3,600,000 rations of coffee are provided for the trip, and for a few days rations of salt meat, 375,000 pounds are deemed a fair allowance. The single item of ammunition requires one thousand wagons — a train of itself nearly twenty miles long. The men, in fours, could not march when well closed up on less than twenty five miles of road. Two thousand five hundred pack mules follow its regiments.  And these calculations do not include the intervals between different commands nor allow anything for the great gaps which any slight delay will make in a moving column.

Alexandria Gazette, Volume 66, Number 102, May 5, 1865