Flags over Fort Sumter… in their new locations

My spring break vacation was great.  How was yours? We managed to mix in several stops at historical sites in addition to some “sporty” venues.  Our ultimate destination was Florida. The logical driving break was Charleston, South Carolina, and we allocated time there.  The aide-de-Camp, like me, has a special affinity for Fort Sumter.  WeContinue reading “Flags over Fort Sumter… in their new locations”

Fort Johnson Photo Analysis, Part XII: The Fort, the Wharf, and the harbor beyond

Our last stop on the virtual tour of Fort Johnson by way of wartime photos a view that promises the most interesting of all. This view looks across the interior of the fort to the north with several features to the front of the water battery in view.  The perspective is depicted on the diagramContinue reading “Fort Johnson Photo Analysis, Part XII: The Fort, the Wharf, and the harbor beyond”

June 29, 1864: “three out of five shots smote the castle” – bombarding Castle Pinckney

Well, not really a “castle” castle in the strict sense of the word.  Rather this castle: Castle Pinckney. The moniker “castle” applied to a few Second System era fortifications, more harbor defense than seacoast defense.  Castle Clinton in New York has a similar distinction.  Although the fort figured prominently in the events of 1861, beingContinue reading “June 29, 1864: “three out of five shots smote the castle” – bombarding Castle Pinckney”