CSS Georgia update: Delays raising the ironclad… for a good reason

I’ve mentioned the project to recover the CSS Georgia a few times here on the blog.  What has been recovered has been, to say the least, impressive.  Savannah’s WTOC reported that over 8,000 artifacts had been recovered as of the first days of June. The project belongs to the US Army’s Corps of Engineers.  ButContinue reading “CSS Georgia update: Delays raising the ironclad… for a good reason”

Poe’s plan for the garrison, defense of Savannah reflected Sherman’s operational scheme

During the days after Christmas in 1864, residents of Savannah were just becoming acquainted to life under Federal occupation. Even the troops in Savannah were still setting up, having transitioned over the span of barely two weeks from a light order field army, to siege operations, and finally to winter quarters of sorts.  Yet Major-GeneralContinue reading “Poe’s plan for the garrison, defense of Savannah reflected Sherman’s operational scheme”

150 Years Ago: Defending New Orleans

One-hundred and fifty years ago, Admiral David Farragut faced the difficult task of reducing or bypassing Confederate defenses to capture New Orleans.  The Confederates inherited an extensive network of fortifications constructed under the “Third System” by the U.S. Army from 1815 to 1860.  As such, the defenses provide a good study of the seacoast defenseContinue reading “150 Years Ago: Defending New Orleans”