Guns of the CSS Atlanta: Part 1 – 6.4 inch Brooke Rifles

Back when this blog was “young” I posted about the CSS Atlanta and her guns at the Washington Navy Yard.  Time to revisit that topic and provide a bit more about the rebel ironclad. Let me start with a walk around of the 6.4-inch Brooke guns that comprised the ship’s armament.  There are two 6.4-inchContinue reading “Guns of the CSS Atlanta: Part 1 – 6.4 inch Brooke Rifles”

150 years ago: Darien, Georgia in ashes

On this day (June 11)  in 1863, Colonel James Montgomery brought a detachment including some of his 2nd South Carolina Volunteers along with companies of Colonel Robert G. Shaw’s 54th Massachusetts to Darien, Georgia.  Like Combahee Ferry and Bluffton before, Darien was soon in flame. As I’ve offered in the posts leading up to thisContinue reading “150 years ago: Darien, Georgia in ashes”

Raids along the coast: Were these precursors to the burning in the Shenandoah Valley?

Last week I discussed the Combahee Ferry Raid. But that was not the only raid Major-General David Hunter authorized. In the days after the 2nd South Carolina’s foray, several other similar raids hit points along the South Carolina and Georgia coast. On June 4, 1863 a party from Fort Pulaski on five steamers worked throughContinue reading “Raids along the coast: Were these precursors to the burning in the Shenandoah Valley?”