Mapping through South Carolina: What maps did Sherman use? And were they good maps?

Several readers have asked about the base map used for the daily maps for the Savannah Campaign and now the South Carolina Campaign.  As a convention, I chose to use the area maps from the Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion.  At one time, one could pick up theContinue reading “Mapping through South Carolina: What maps did Sherman use? And were they good maps?”

Payne’s Wharf: A high spot in the marshes between the lines at Charleston

Payne’s Wharf was a point between Morris Island and James Island which saw considerable activity during the later half of the Civil War. At this time 150 years ago, a detailed survey of the site came to Major-General John Foster to answer his question – could a battery at that spot add to the bombardmentContinue reading “Payne’s Wharf: A high spot in the marshes between the lines at Charleston”

Batteries and forts of the Department of the South, June 1864

On June 8, 1864, First Lieutenant Charles Suter, of the Chief Engineer’s office, submitted a detailed report on the fortifications, and their armaments, throughout the Department of the South.  That lengthy report offers another point of reference with regard to the garrisoning and posturing in the department. So consider this sort of a “resource” postContinue reading “Batteries and forts of the Department of the South, June 1864”