“Inexperienced persons” and unexploded shells lead to casualties in wartime Charleston

The physical effects of the Christmas Day bombardment on Charleston were not completely contained by fighting fires.  In the aftermath, as there always is, unexploded ordnance remained a problem.   And those mis-firing shells proved to be deadly “hidden gifts” for Charlestonians to deal with.  Reporting on December 28, the Charleston Courier lead: Shocking Accidents byContinue reading ““Inexperienced persons” and unexploded shells lead to casualties in wartime Charleston”

“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”