April 30, 1865: Gillmore to Potter – “proceed to Orangeburg” with a new sort of mission

On April 30, 1865, Major-General Quincy Gillmore issued a new mission to Brigadier-General Edward E. Potter and his “provisional” division.  Recall that Potter’s force spent most of April on a very successful and destructive raid, reaching Camden.  But five days after completing that raid, Potter’s new mission reflected the events which had transpired – aContinue reading “April 30, 1865: Gillmore to Potter – “proceed to Orangeburg” with a new sort of mission”

Potter’s Raid, April 25, 1865: After 23 days and 300 miles, the raiders return to Georgetown

The Civil War might be winding down in the last week of April 1865, but Brigadier-General Edward E. Potter’s provisional division was still in the field, though marching back to the coast from a successful raid reaching the Sand Hills of South Carolina. On April 21, 1865, a flag of truce relayed the news ofContinue reading “Potter’s Raid, April 25, 1865: After 23 days and 300 miles, the raiders return to Georgetown”

Potter’s Raid, April 21, 1865: “The last shots loaded with hostile intent were fired as a salute”

With the destruction of trains at Middleton Depot on April 20, 1865, Brigadier-General Edward E. Potter turned his division to the Santee River Road on April 21, with the aim of marching back to Georgetown. Potter had his men on the march at dawn on the 21st.  In the rear was the 25th Ohio InfantryContinue reading “Potter’s Raid, April 21, 1865: “The last shots loaded with hostile intent were fired as a salute””