“The position itself is a strong one…”: A call to improve the defenses of Georgetown, SC

By the winter of 1864, Georgetown was the only seaport of significance on the South Carolina coast that didn’t have Federal land batteries directly impeding blockade-runner access.  Winyah Bay offered refuge for blockade-runners, even if Georgetown had no direct rail links to the interior.  And upstream from Georgetown was a Confederate Navy Yard at MarsContinue reading ““The position itself is a strong one…”: A call to improve the defenses of Georgetown, SC”

More photo analysis fun at Battery Wagner… or Fort Wagner… or Fort Strong

Yesterday I used this photo, with the tease there’s more in view than just the tents: And I gave it the label “W2” for the key map: The camera was on top of a traverse looking across the curtain wall of the fort, towards the sea.  You may have seen the photo a time orContinue reading “More photo analysis fun at Battery Wagner… or Fort Wagner… or Fort Strong”

The Guns of Battery Wagner

The armament of Battery Wagner included a varied lot when compared to the predominately Parrott siege train on the Federal side of Morris Island. The assortment of Wagner’s guns reflected the sources drawn upon by the Confederates. Battery Wagner featured fifeteen gun positions and three mortar positions. Those are lettered here for clarity: Major ThomasContinue reading “The Guns of Battery Wagner”