February 12-17, 1865: Federal attempts at Bull’s Bay…. foiled by shallow water and storms

Often in the study of amphibious operations, we read about the difficulties gaining the last thousand yards or so where the ocean transitions to the land.  Natural obstacles often pose more problems than anything man can devise.  And thus much of the complication to simply landing a military force on a hostile shore.  In FebruaryContinue reading “February 12-17, 1865: Federal attempts at Bull’s Bay…. foiled by shallow water and storms”

Distribution of Vessels, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, January 1, 1865

During the war the commanders of the Navy’s operating squadrons provided periodic reports on the assignments of vessels in their respective commands.  Rear-Admiral John Dahlgren did so twice a month (with some variance, but more or less on the 1st and 15th of each month).  As was the practice, he submitted a report on JanuaryContinue reading “Distribution of Vessels, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, January 1, 1865”

“A few days must lead to the possession of the city”: Dahlgren advances another plan to capture Charleston

If I were to count the number of plans to capture Charleston, limiting only to those submitted by senior officers, during the Civil War, I’d quickly run out of fingers and toes.  Add to that tally one from Rear-Admiral John Dahlgren, submitted on this day (November 10) in 1864. So just another plan, what’s theContinue reading ““A few days must lead to the possession of the city”: Dahlgren advances another plan to capture Charleston”