Summary Statement, 2nd Quarter, 1863 – Mississippi Marine Brigade

The Mississippi Marine Brigade:  They were not from Mississippi.  Nor were they Marines.  And they were not a full brigade! An interesting formation, the Mississippi Marine Brigade. Some have called it a prototype for the “Brown Water” units used by the US Navy in Vietnam.  Others have compared it to special forces units in theContinue reading “Summary Statement, 2nd Quarter, 1863 – Mississippi Marine Brigade”

April 1862… a pivotal month of the war

Today marks the 155th anniversary of the Confederate bombardment of Fort Sumter, generally called the “start” of the American Civil War.  I don’t know what to call the 155th other than just “155th.”  Likewise, I have no smart name for the 151st anniversaries of the surrender at Appomattox (last Saturday) or Lincoln’s assassination (coming Thursday).Continue reading “April 1862… a pivotal month of the war”

15-inch Guns for Pensacola Harbor

Military activities at Pensacola, Florida had long faded even from the back pages of the newspapers by 1864.  At the onset of the secession crisis, Fort Pickens had been, like Fort Sumter, one of the “hot spots” that lead to war.  But with the Confederate withdrawal in early 1862, that Gulf Coast harbor was inContinue reading “15-inch Guns for Pensacola Harbor”