“A fire, supposed to be occasioned by the enemy’s shells”: Curious reporting about the Christmas Day bombardment

In a report dated January 1, 1864, Colonel Alfred Rhett, 1st South Carolina Artillery and commander of the 5th Military District of South Carolina (basically, the city of Charleston itself, minus the harbor and coast defenses), reported: On the morning of the 25th [of December], at 12.30 a.m., the enemy commenced to shell the city,Continue reading ““A fire, supposed to be occasioned by the enemy’s shells”: Curious reporting about the Christmas Day bombardment”

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”

Christmas Eve, 1863, and Charleston was quiet… relatively

On the day before Christmas, 1863, the Charleston Daily Courier lead with their customary account of fighting around the city: Siege of Charleston One-hundred and sixty-eight day. There was no firing from the enemy during Tuesday night or Wednesday.  The quiet of Fort Sumter remained undisturbed.  The enemy were hard at work making some changesContinue reading “Christmas Eve, 1863, and Charleston was quiet… relatively”