Guns pointed at Sherman: Confederate artillery dispositions in South Carolina, January 1865

In total, 322 fixed and 108 field artillery pieces opposed the Federals as the embarked on the march into South Carolina. In Sherman’s two wings, the Federals brought only 68 field guns. Yet, much like they say about real estate, when it comes to artillery on the battlefield it is all about “location, location, location.” With less infantry and cavalry to oppose the Federals, the Confederates could not bring their numerical advantage in artillery to bear.

The Defenses of James Island: May 1864 – Part 1, the East Lines

Earlier this season, I provided a summary from an inspection of Confederate defenses on Sullivan’s Island.  Balancing that is a report, also by Major George Upshur Mayo, on the defenses of James Island, posted 150 years ago today (May 25).  James Island remained a “hot spot” due to its proximity to Federal garrisons.  Compared to Sullivan’sContinue reading “The Defenses of James Island: May 1864 – Part 1, the East Lines”

Battery Haskell or Haskall or Haskel?

Daily Observations from the Civil War is another “must subscribe to” blog I recommend.  The “writing” on that blog pulls from several contemporary sources, offering daily views of the war as things occurred 150 years ago.  One of the sources has been Conrad Wise Chapman – not his writings, but his series of paintings depictingContinue reading “Battery Haskell or Haskall or Haskel?”