Movements of Sherman’s Corps **
The Selma Reporter has received information from a reliable source that the enemy crossed and were still occupying the Tennessee River at 11 o’clock AM on Monday, the 27th ultimo, in force, with cavalry and infantry , at Lurken’s Ferry, 22 miles above Guntersville. The Reporter’s informant states that they were already on the way to Gadsden. If we hear nothing more within a day or two, the Reporter concludes that they are not coming down that way, but are moving towards Georgia, where it is supposed they are destined.
A correspondent writing to the Revel from Rome, Georgia, under the date of January 27th, says that the Yankees demanded a surrender of the town of Guntersville, Alabama, on the 22d, which was refused, and that they then shelled the town from 9 o’clock AM until 3 PM, but with what results our correspondent had not ascertained. It will be remembered that a large portion of the town was burned and several citizens killed in July, in 1862, in consequence of the refusal of the citizens to surrender the place.
** Sherman’s “March to the Sea” didn’t start until later in 1864 but these movements described in this newspaper article hint at the beginnings of his activities outside of Atlanta and the subsequent destructive path through the South.
Source: Greensborough Patriot, February 11, 1864 as found on www.ncecho.org