September 8, 1863 was another busy day during the operations outside Charleston, South Carolina. With the Confederate withdrawal from Morris Island, the next objective for the Federals was Fort Sumter. As efforts focused in that direction, the Navy’s operations came to the fore. Three major story lines played out on this day 150 years ago: The stranding of the USS Weehawken between Cumming’s Point and Fort Sumter, a failed boat assault on Fort Sumter, and activities to reorient fortifications on Morris Island towards Fort Sumter and Sullivan’s Island.
As I like to do with predominately naval subjects, I’ve cross-posted to the Civil War Navy Sesquicentennial blog about the stranding of the USS Weehawken and subsequent fighting. This was no small affair. Hundreds of projectiles were fired by both sides. The monitors suffered substantial damage. And the Confederates lost some valuable guns (the burst bands on a 7-inch triple banded Brooke being one example).
I’ll look at the boat landing assault on Fort Sumter from a broader scale a bit later, taking in the series of landings attempted in early September. And then I’ll likely serialize the Army’s conversion of Battery Gregg to Fort Putnam facing new targets.
But one other item of note for this day. You will likely see this photo flashed around with a caption like “Ironclads bombarding Fort Sumter on September 8, 1863”:
Let me discuss this in a separate post today. There’s a back story here. Not anything groundbreaking, but an interesting angle….