Guns covering the harbor: Charleston’s inner ring of defenses

Earlier posts have focused on the outer harbor defenses on Morris and Sullivan’s Islands and the approach defenses on James Island.  Those were the outer defenses of Charleston, South Carolina and the most actively engaged.  Behind that, the Confederates built defenses, and in some cases reoriented older fortifications, as a backup.  In March 1863 thoseContinue reading “Guns covering the harbor: Charleston’s inner ring of defenses”

Prioritization of work at Charleston: Third and forth points from Beauregard’s Board

Picking up from the previous posts, having determined the department had not received the proper amount of guns, the board turned to its third point of consideration: What additional ordnance, if any, and description may be necessary to complete the armament of works constructed, under construction, or ordered to defend the approaches to Charleston, andContinue reading “Prioritization of work at Charleston: Third and forth points from Beauregard’s Board”

Castle Pinckney Sold for $10!

You read that right!  Ten dollars! The current owner, the South Carolina State Ports Authority, agreed to sell the fort and grounds to the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) Camp 1269 for what you must agree is a very, very fair price. The Ports Authority acquired Shutes’ Folly  back in the 1950s when the siteContinue reading “Castle Pinckney Sold for $10!”