“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”

Federals obstruct Stono River and give Confederates opening for bold move

On November 23, 1863, Confederate observers posted on the Stono River reported Federal activity to obstruct the channel.   The journal entry on November 24 from the headquarters in Charleston read, “General [Johnson] Hagood reports that since yesterday the enemy have been repairing the wharf at Legareville, and are now at work with a pile driverContinue reading “Federals obstruct Stono River and give Confederates opening for bold move”