Listing of posts discussing the campaigns around Charleston, South Carolina.  These articles are BY NO MEANS a complete accounting of the events.  Rather these are topics and subjects that struck my fancy while reviewing my notes within the sesquicentennial time frames:

Ft Sumter 3 May 2010 145

Fort Sumter and the start of the war

Christmas Day 1860

Was “Retreat” Anderson’s best option?

South Carolina acquires a siege train

Resupply and reinforcement attempt by the USS Brooklyn and difficulties imposed by the harbor channel and bar.

Location of Fort Sumter’s guns and Confederate batteries arrayed against the fort.  Those blog posts were a culmination of a series discussing the types of ordnance used in the battle.  Some of those included the 8-inch Columbiads, 10-inch Columbiads, IX-inch Dahlgrens, seacoast mortars, and 3.75 inch Blakely Rifle.

Fort Sumter in the aftermath

Building the defense of Charleston (through April 1863)

Moved to separate page

The First Battle of Charleston Harbor (April 7, 1863)

Navy Department orders for Admiral DuPont

DuPont’s instructions for his ironclad captains

The Ironclad Attack – from the Confederate and Federal perspective

Use of the Ericsson Torpedo Raft (the “Devil”) at Charleston

Assessment of Confederate gunnery in the battle

Assessment of damage to Fort Sumter

Assessment of the US Navy’s gunnery in the battle

Not so quiet stalemate after the battle (April-May 1863)

Sinking the US Steamer Washington

Replenishing Charleston’s magazines

Charleston still open for blockade runners

Shortage of slave labor to complete Charleston’s defenses

Federal and Confederate forces settle in for the spring

Salvage of the Keokuk Guns, along with a study of the sources, tide and light data, and a walk-around of the gun.

Arm citizens for the defense of Charleston?

Engineer support on Morris Island found lacking and the engineer’s rebuttal.

Quincy Gillmore selected to replace David Hunter in command and then makes his way south with a plan.

Wreck of the blockade runner Ruby.

General Hunter, the Emancipation Proclamation, and burning raids

General Orders No. 17 and 24.

Service records of the 34th USCT.

Combahee Ferry Raid

Arrival of the 54th Massachusetts, and Confederate discomfort over black troops.

Darien, Georgia in ashes

Were these raids precursors to the burning of the Shenandoah in 1864?

One Federal officer’s reaction

The Morris Island Campaign of 1863

See separate page.

Calm before the next storm: Between fall of Wagner and 2nd major bombardment

See separate page

Second Major Bombardment of Fort Sumter

See separate page

Return to “Secondary theater” : Winter and Spring of 1864

See separate page.

Summer and Fall of 1864: Foster’s July Offensive, Third Great Bombardment, and POW issues

See separate page.

Winter and Spring of 1864: End of the War around Charleston.

See separate page.  Also see page detailing Potter’s Raid.


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