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.

150 Years Ago: An inspection of the batteries on Sullivan’s Island

One aspect of the operations of Charleston that I like to present is the evolution of fortifications around the harbor (Federal and Confederate).  In my opinion, one should study such to appreciate the tactical aspects. Many authors will write on the subject as if a “battery” or “fort” was static and unchanged through the war,Continue reading “150 Years Ago: An inspection of the batteries on Sullivan’s Island”

“A volley of at least eight mortars” to put out the calcium light on Morris Island

After all the activity of Christmas Day at Charleston, both sides remained idle.  Both sides considered plans to remove the 8-inch howitzers left at Legareville.  Otherwise December 26th with little activity.  The Federals resumed the bombardment of Charleston starting around 3 a.m. on the 27th with five shells.  The Confederates responded with nine shots atContinue reading ““A volley of at least eight mortars” to put out the calcium light on Morris Island”