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”

Battery Reynolds and Mortars on Morris Island

When the sesquicentennial moment was proper for the discussion of Battery Reynolds, I lacked the right photo.  Well since it is Fortification Friday, I’ll throw this one in. (I’ll post a proper Fortification Friday later, gotta get the graphics right!) As first built, Battery Reynolds contained mix of field and siege guns, facing Battery WagnerContinue reading “Battery Reynolds and Mortars on Morris Island”

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”