150 Years Ago: An inspection of the batteries on Sullivan’s Island

One aspect of the operations of Charleston that I like to present is the evolution of fortifications around the harbor (Federal and Confederate).  In my opinion, one should study such to appreciate the tactical aspects. Many authors will write on the subject as if a “battery” or “fort” was static and unchanged through the war,Continue reading “150 Years Ago: An inspection of the batteries on Sullivan’s Island”

Old forts and batteries on the dunes: Defending the entrance to Charleston Harbor, Part 2

Yesterday I discussed the rather weak defenses on Morris Island, covering the “right” or south end of the Confederate defenses of Charleston Harbor. In the middle, of course, was Fort Sumter an artificial island. To the north lay Sullivan’s Island with old Fort Moultrie sharing the coverage of the main entrance to the harbor. WhenContinue reading “Old forts and batteries on the dunes: Defending the entrance to Charleston Harbor, Part 2”