150 Years Ago: An inspection of the batteries on Sullivan’s Island

One aspect of the operations of Charleston that I like to present is the evolution of fortifications around the harbor (Federal and Confederate).  In my opinion, one should study such to appreciate the tactical aspects. Many authors will write on the subject as if a “battery” or “fort” was static and unchanged through the war,Continue reading “150 Years Ago: An inspection of the batteries on Sullivan’s Island”

A “favorable military position” on the Altamaha: Lake Bluff Battery

As with any railroad in the Confederacy, the Savannah, Albany & Gulf Railroad (SA&G RR) was a valuable asset.  The line ran south from Savannah then made a wide arch to the west.  When first chartered in 1847, the company intended to connect with Albany, Georgia.  Spur lines could bring in commerce from across southernContinue reading “A “favorable military position” on the Altamaha: Lake Bluff Battery”

Batteries in the Marshes: The Defenses of Savannah, Part 2

Continuing from yesterday’s post, I’ll first turn to the improvements to the fortifications directed by General P.G.T. Beauregard in October 1862. Although after his initial, but brief September 1862 inspection, Beauregard considered the defenses well placed, after the detailed inspection in October, he found many issues with gun placement in the works.  Beauregard called forContinue reading “Batteries in the Marshes: The Defenses of Savannah, Part 2”