CSS Pee Dee update: Two Brooke Rifles and a Dahlgren pulled out of the PeeDee River

News broke yesterday of the successful recovery of three Civil War cannon from the PeeDee River, all from the gunboat CSS Pee Dee.  In case you missed it, here’s a few of the reports: South Strand News The State (Columbia SC) South Carolina Now The Florence County museum offered a post and album of photosContinue reading “CSS Pee Dee update: Two Brooke Rifles and a Dahlgren pulled out of the PeeDee River”

Fort Johnson Photo Analysis, Part III: Brooke 7-inch Rifle in the third gun pit

Continue along with me in this “virtual” walk… back in time… to Fort Johnson as it appeared in the spring of 1865.  We move now to the second photo of the set: I’ve given this photo the label of “FJ2” on the diagram below, so that we know the perspective from which we are looking:Continue reading “Fort Johnson Photo Analysis, Part III: Brooke 7-inch Rifle in the third gun pit”

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”