Soldiers’ Directory of Public Offices, Charleston, January 1864

On January 1, 1864, the Charleston Courier ran this listing of public offices on column six of the first page: A lengthy list, but providing locations – in some cases the address – of all the important military offices, some government offices, and several hospitals. Several years ago, when first encountering, I marked this ofContinue reading “Soldiers’ Directory of Public Offices, Charleston, January 1864”

“A fire, supposed to be occasioned by the enemy’s shells”: Curious reporting about the Christmas Day bombardment

In a report dated January 1, 1864, Colonel Alfred Rhett, 1st South Carolina Artillery and commander of the 5th Military District of South Carolina (basically, the city of Charleston itself, minus the harbor and coast defenses), reported: On the morning of the 25th [of December], at 12.30 a.m., the enemy commenced to shell the city,Continue reading ““A fire, supposed to be occasioned by the enemy’s shells”: Curious reporting about the Christmas Day bombardment”

The Christmas Bombardment of Charleston

“The Christmas of 1863 will long be remembered by those who passed the day in the City of Charleston….” said the writer at the Charleston Mercury.  Reporting on the Christmas Morning bombardment of the city, the Mercury reporter detailed: For hours before the eastern sky was streaked with the first grey tints of morning, theContinue reading “The Christmas Bombardment of Charleston”