Delays moving Keitt’s regiment to Virginia: May 23, 1864 demonstrations against James Island

In yesterday’s post, I cited Federal orders for demonstrations in front of James Island.  The purpose of these operations was to draw Confederate forces to Charleston.  Brigadier-General Alexander Schimmelfennig ordered four specific actions – I wouldn’t say columns – to demonstrate as if the Federals intended to press on the Confederate picket lines, and possiblyContinue reading “Delays moving Keitt’s regiment to Virginia: May 23, 1864 demonstrations against James Island”

Federals obstruct Stono River and give Confederates opening for bold move

On November 23, 1863, Confederate observers posted on the Stono River reported Federal activity to obstruct the channel.   The journal entry on November 24 from the headquarters in Charleston read, “General [Johnson] Hagood reports that since yesterday the enemy have been repairing the wharf at Legareville, and are now at work with a pile driverContinue reading “Federals obstruct Stono River and give Confederates opening for bold move”