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.

Blockade-Runner Chicora runs in, Blockader USS Pontiac damaged by shell: Another episode of the Charleston Blockade

Despite the heavy guns on Morris Island and numerous blockaders allocated to watch the entrance to Charleston harbor, blockade runners continued to slip in and out of Charleston.  Not to say it was an easy task, as the captains of the Flora, or the Presto, or the sloop Mary might attest.   On the night ofContinue reading “Blockade-Runner Chicora runs in, Blockader USS Pontiac damaged by shell: Another episode of the Charleston Blockade”

“200 or 300 Union troops are working near Battery Marshall”: Confederates use POW labor at Charleston

On October 1, 1864, Rear-Admiral John Dahlgren offered this note to Major-General John Foster in regard to Confederate activity at Charleston, South Carolina: I send you some deserters from Battery Marshall, who will give you some account of the works there.  By their account, some 200 or 300 Union troops are working near Battery MarshallContinue reading ““200 or 300 Union troops are working near Battery Marshall”: Confederates use POW labor at Charleston”