“Efficiently garrisoned as any in the department”: Evaulation of USCT troops in Florida

Bear with me for another “backwater of Florida” post here.  This has some sesquicentennial timing, as I like to incorporate here.  It also works into the USCT experience that I like to highlight as we proceed through the sesquicentennial. On September 5, 1864, Colonel Charles Brayton, Chief of Artillery for the Department of the South,Continue reading ““Efficiently garrisoned as any in the department”: Evaulation of USCT troops in Florida”

A rare mortar, with a familiar form: 10-inch Seacoast Mortar, Model 1861

While the early patterns of 10-inch seacoast mortars pose questions, even down to definitively establishing the year pattern, the model set in the 1861 Ordnance Instructions offers no such ambiguities. The “new” pattern issued at the eve of war conformed to similar designs set at that time. The table below compares the particulars of theContinue reading “A rare mortar, with a familiar form: 10-inch Seacoast Mortar, Model 1861”

150 years ago: The garrison at St. Augustine reports

The report cited below is included among the various Correspondence, orders and returns relating specifically to the operations on the coasts of South Carolina, Georgia, and middle and east Florida from April 12, 1862, to June 11, 1863, in the Official Records (Series I, Volume 14, Serial 20, page 333-4): Saint Augustine, FLA., April 15,Continue reading “150 years ago: The garrison at St. Augustine reports”