Driving Dixie Down: Stoneman descends upon the North Piedmont Railraod, April 11-13, 1865

Consider again my map of General Joseph E. Johnston’s area of control, generally speaking, as of April 10, 1865: Two railroads were the arteries which served Johnston in the closing weeks of the war – the North Carolina Railroad, providing a link from Greensboro to Raleigh, and the North Piedmont Railroad, from Salisbury to DanvilleContinue reading “Driving Dixie Down: Stoneman descends upon the North Piedmont Railraod, April 11-13, 1865”

“Captain Colvocorresses has executed another descent”: Another naval raid on the Georgia coast

Throughout the mid-summer of 1864, naval parties raided along the Georgia coast.  Earlier I looked at raids on salt works near Brunswick and the capture of civilians at Ebenezer Church.  On August 17, 1864, Commander George Colvocoresses made another raid into McIntosh County. This raid was aimed at a Confederate outpost on the South Newport River,Continue reading ““Captain Colvocorresses has executed another descent”: Another naval raid on the Georgia coast”

“Last night at 9 o’clock I burnt Legareville”: Confederates torch a town in South Carolina

Yes, that’s right… the Confederates burned one of their own towns on August 20, 1864.  Major John Jenkins, 3rd South Carolina Cavalry reported the following day: Last night at 9 o’clock I burnt Legareville. The buildings were at almost the same instant set on fire and were in a few minutes a sheet of flames.Continue reading ““Last night at 9 o’clock I burnt Legareville”: Confederates torch a town in South Carolina”