Operations against Charleston, February 9-13, 1865, Part 2: The Last Battles about Charleston

While Major-General William T. Sherman’s forces in the interior of South Carolina were working across the South Fork of the Edisto River on February 10, 1865, outside Charleston, a small Federal force was mounting one of the many demonstrations directed to keep Confederate forces pinned to the coast.  The demonstration was, to say the least,Continue reading “Operations against Charleston, February 9-13, 1865, Part 2: The Last Battles about Charleston”

July 2, 1864: “At Daylight the Yankees appeared suddenly…” – Federal demonstration on James Island

Continuing on with Major-General John Foster’s July 1864 operations in front of Charleston, having discussed Foster’s plan, coordination with the Navy, and the failures with columns striking for the Charleston & Savannah Railroad, let me turn to the concurrent actions on James Island.  I’m a bit out of the 150th time line here.  The actionsContinue reading “July 2, 1864: “At Daylight the Yankees appeared suddenly…” – Federal demonstration on James Island”

“… for the purpose of destroying our Davids”: Federal actions to block the Stono River, June 1864

I pass this particular episode along, not as it is an important event in the siege of Charleston, but as a good demonstration of how different first-hand accounts work in conjunction for the historian. In his journal for June 25, 1864, Major Edward Manigault, in charge of the South Carolina siege train artillery and aContinue reading ““… for the purpose of destroying our Davids”: Federal actions to block the Stono River, June 1864″