Summary Statement, 3rd Quarter, 1863 – Michigan

Michigan provided a full regiment of light artillery to the Federal cause.  As mentioned in previous installments, the clerks identified Michigan’s batteries with numbered designations, as per early war convention.  But the batteries were later designated with letters within the state’s 1st Light Artillery Regiment.  I will merge the two in an attempt to coverContinue reading “Summary Statement, 3rd Quarter, 1863 – Michigan”

One of Beauregard’s Columbiads recovered from the ocean floor?

I’ve written some in the past about the remarkable find of the steamer Philadelphia. (And note, this is not the gunboat USS Philadelphia which plied the waters around Charleston during the war.) Some time after the Civil War the steamer left Charleston with a load of scrap metal, including several heavy artillery pieces of ConfederateContinue reading “One of Beauregard’s Columbiads recovered from the ocean floor?”

150 Years Ago: Cumberland Gap

On June 18, 1862, Federal forces under Brigadier General George W. Morgan occupied Cumberland Gap.  Of his success, Morgan wrote: The enemy evacuated this American Gibraltar this morning at 10 o’clock, and De Courcy’s brigade took possession at 3 this afternoon. The enemy destroyed a considerable amount of his stores, and precipitated several cannon overContinue reading “150 Years Ago: Cumberland Gap”