“Again, there has been great abuse in the system”: Hampton vs. Beaureagard over cavalry transfers

Through the winter of 1864, General P.G.T. Beauregard argued with authorities in Richmond about allocations of recruits and conscripts.  At the same time General Robert E. Lee and others in Virginia pressed, with success, for fresh cavalry regiments to replace worn out South Carolina formations.  Although orders from Richmond called for the 4th, 5th, 6th,Continue reading ““Again, there has been great abuse in the system”: Hampton vs. Beaureagard over cavalry transfers”

“A demonstration to distract the enemy’s attention”: Schimmelfenning crosses to John’s Island

I’ve offered up a few posts about Morton’s Ford of late.  That action was the result of a demonstration made to distract the Confederates from a raid on Richmond, conducted for the most part with political objectives in mind.  But at the same time, another demonstration was in the works some 400 miles further south. Continue reading ““A demonstration to distract the enemy’s attention”: Schimmelfenning crosses to John’s Island”

“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”