The Christmas Bombardment of Charleston

“The Christmas of 1863 will long be remembered by those who passed the day in the City of Charleston….” said the writer at the Charleston Mercury.  Reporting on the Christmas Morning bombardment of the city, the Mercury reporter detailed: For hours before the eastern sky was streaked with the first grey tints of morning, theContinue reading “The Christmas Bombardment of Charleston”

October 27, 1864: “Thursday morning the bombardment of the city was renewed.” Charleston remained under siege

Reporting on Thursday, October 27, 1864, the Charleston Mercury ran this account of operations around the city: Siege of Charleston. Four Hundred and Seventy-sixth Day. Forty shots were fired at the city Tuesday night.  The firing on the city ceased about daylight Wednesday morning. The firing on Wednesday was confined to a few scattering shotsContinue reading “October 27, 1864: “Thursday morning the bombardment of the city was renewed.” Charleston remained under siege”

“I desire to call your attention to the following points”: Foster’s instructions to Scammon, October 1864

When he first took command of the Department of the South in the spring of 1864, Major-General John Foster inherited the veteran Brigadier-General Alexander Schimmelfennig in command of Federal forces on Folly and Morris Islands – officially the Northern District, but the Charleston Front, if I may.  When Schimmelfenning departed on leave, for health reasons,Continue reading ““I desire to call your attention to the following points”: Foster’s instructions to Scammon, October 1864″