“The vessel is a complete wreck”: The end of the Presto on the beach of Sullivan’s Island

Let me pick up where I left off about the demise of the blockade-runner Presto.  Bound in from Nassau on the morning of February 2, 1864, she’d managed to elude the blockaders by working in from the northeast approaches to Charleston harbor.  All that was left was a fast run along the beach through Maffitt’sContinue reading ““The vessel is a complete wreck”: The end of the Presto on the beach of Sullivan’s Island”

Federals convert the Rebel bastion: Battery Gregg becomes Fort Putnam

OK, Morris Island Monday, so back to Charleston, South Carolina. When the Federals took possession of Batteries Wagner and Gregg on September 7, 1863, they faced a tactical dilemma.  The Confederates had carefully modified both fortifications to face south at the Federal threat during the long summer siege.  The earthworks featured high walls, traverses, bombproofs,Continue reading “Federals convert the Rebel bastion: Battery Gregg becomes Fort Putnam”