The ever shrinking armament of Fort Sumter

In April, 1863, Fort Sumter repulsed an attack by Federal ironclads using forty-four guns. After that crisis past, the fort received a few new heavy guns. By the end of June, the fort bristled with sixty-four guns and four mortars. While General P.G.T. Beauregard would have preferred more of the heavy guns, particularly Brooke rifles,Continue reading “The ever shrinking armament of Fort Sumter”

150 years ago: “…open fire on Fort Sumter when within easy range…”

On April 4, 1863, Rear-Admiral Samuel DuPont wrote orders for the long anticipated ironclad attack on Charleston harbor. Flagship James Adger North Edisto, South Carolina, April 4, 1863 The bar will be buoyed by the Keokuk, Commander Rhind, assisted by C.O. Boutelle, assistant, U.S. Coast Survey, commanding the Bibb; by Acting Ensign Platt, and theContinue reading “150 years ago: “…open fire on Fort Sumter when within easy range…””

Battlefields in Motion: Fort Moultrie

Charleston, South Carolina will soon return to our Civil War Sesquicentennial stream.  In our queue are the anniversaries of the events such as the Confederate ironclad sortie, the Federal ironclad assault on Fort Sumter, and the siege of Battery Wagner.  That in mind, any new resources for the “battlefield” at Charleston are welcome additions. TheContinue reading “Battlefields in Motion: Fort Moultrie”