“My artillery officers are not sailors”: Gillmore requests gunnery training for his steamers

As my blogging pal XBradTC likes to point out on occasion, the U.S. Army owns and operates a number of watercraft.  These are mostly for intra-theater logistic support.  The LCU 2000 class is an example of such: These are, as sharp observers will notice, very similar to the Navy’s landing craft in layout to includeContinue reading ““My artillery officers are not sailors”: Gillmore requests gunnery training for his steamers”

“After two rounds it was evident she was disabled”: Destruction of the Washington

Let me slip away from Charleston for a bit… but not too far away. One-hundred and fifty years ago today (April 9, 1863) marked another victory for the Confederates in the Low Country of South Carolina – the destruction of the Army steamer Washington in waters off Port Royal Island. Three years ago I discussedContinue reading ““After two rounds it was evident she was disabled”: Destruction of the Washington”