Return to “Secondary theater” : Winter of 1864
January 3: Misfire against Fort Sumter
January 8: Beauregard plans the use of phosphorus shells.
January 12: Scrap iron returned from Fort Sumter.
January 13: Bombardment of Charleston resumes.
January 16: The South Carolina Siege Train goes to the range.
January 20: Fake battery on James Island to lure in Federal gunboats
January 24: Mystery balloon reported outside Charleston
January 26: Call to defend Georgetown, South Carolina
January 29: Minor bombardment of Fort Sumter
February 5: Destruction of the Presto
February 4: Intelligence from a Confederate defector
February 8: Beauregard urges troops to reenlist
February 9-12: James Island demonstration: Schimmelfenning crosses to John’s Island, Confederate delaying actions, and Federals retire having accomplished their demonstration. This prompted a Confederate “demonstration” of their own in the form of a bombardment of Morris Island.
February 14 and 18: Snow in Charleston!
February 17: Sinking of the USS Housatonic by the H.L. Hunley
February 18 (or there about): Federal gunners hold fire on Beauregard
February 24: Beauregard suspends the phosphorus shell project
February 26: Loss of a picket boat from the USS Nipsic
March 15: Fourth Minor Bombardment of Fort Sumter
March 16: Failed Confederate raid on Port Royal
March 19: Gillmore requests a change of assignment
March 22: Warning bell at Fort Sumter
March 30: Inspection of Sullivan’s Island batteries
April 1: British Observers on Morris Island
April 3: Mortar bombardment of Fort Sumter
April 5: Beauregard’s Code Key
April 9: Hampton complains that Beauregard is “abusing the system” for cavalry replacements
April 23: Grant rejects further operations against Charleston
April 29: Fifth minor bombardment of Fort Sumter
May 14: Confederate picket post captured.
May 13-17: Sixth Minor bombardment of Fort Sumter
May 21: Boat raids on James Island
May 29: Foster assumes command of Department of the South, immediately complains he hasn’t enough artillerists!
May 31: Seventh Minor Bombardment of Fort Sumter
June 2: Pay inequities for the USCT
June 7: Sinking the Etiwan
Federal batteries on Morris Island, spring 1864
Garrisons defending Port Royal Sound