“To those who doubt whether the negro soldiers will fight…”: Skirmish on the Pocotaligo

Raids from Port Royal into the coastal plantations of South Carolina and Georgia were commonplace by the fall of 1863.  Starting early that year, these raids focused on something more than simple harassment of Confederate posts.  As seen with the St. Mary’s River expedition,the Combahee Raid, and later Edisto River operation, Federal forces engaged inContinue reading ““To those who doubt whether the negro soldiers will fight…”: Skirmish on the Pocotaligo”

“No private property… was burned or pillaged.”: Higginson’s Edisto expedition

Thus far in discussing Brigadier-General Quincy Gillmore’s campaign against Charleston, I’ve focused on Morris Island. Recall a few days ago the mention of two diversions launched at the same time – one up the Stono River to James Island and another expedition up the Edisto River (or as it is known to some, the Pon-PonContinue reading ““No private property… was burned or pillaged.”: Higginson’s Edisto expedition”

“… a surprise in order to insure success.”: Gillmore’s Plan for Morris Island

Since taking command of the Department of the South, Brigadier-General Quincy Gillmore worked with a single focus in mind – Morris Island. That barrier island was the first advance, he thought, toward Charleston. And Charleston was his objective. Having taken stock of the situation, and consulted his subordinates, Gillmore decided to use the foothold whichContinue reading ““… a surprise in order to insure success.”: Gillmore’s Plan for Morris Island”