December 4 to 17, 1864: Cease fire for Prisoner exchanges at Charleston

My focus on the Savannah Campaign brought a neglect to “on this day 150 years ago” blogging relative to Charleston and other points.  As Major-General William T. Sherman’s operations were at a lull for the closing weeks of 1864, that pause allows me time to “catch up.”  The important news out of Charleston during theContinue reading “December 4 to 17, 1864: Cease fire for Prisoner exchanges at Charleston”

“I cannot undertake to deliver them sanitary stores.”: No relief for Andersonville

The rescue of several escaped Federal prisoners in early August 1864, authorities in the Department of the South raised their concerns about the treatment of prisoners in Andersonville, Georgia. Reports of the horrible conditions had filtered back to Federal ears starting in the spring.  But the first hand accounts from the escaped prisoners seemed toContinue reading ““I cannot undertake to deliver them sanitary stores.”: No relief for Andersonville”

The “Great Escape Stories”: Federal prisoners picked up on the South Carolina coast

From a “150 years ago” perspective, there are lots of threads to follow concerning prisoners – the Charleston-Savannah sector of the war in particular.  Reviewing my notes last month, I figured that was a good topic to highlight in contrast to the Third Major Bombardment (as it becomes monotonous to see titles like “200 moreContinue reading “The “Great Escape Stories”: Federal prisoners picked up on the South Carolina coast”