Fortification Friday: Some Landscaping for the fort- Revetments of Sod

Over the last few weeks, we’ve moved beyond just planning an earthwork into the practical aspects of actually constructing those works to the specifications, derived from the plan.  Assuming your digging project worked out as expected, the fortification would now have bare earth frowning upon any potential attacker.  While achieving the defensive needs, bare earthContinue reading “Fortification Friday: Some Landscaping for the fort- Revetments of Sod”

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”

Ye Olde English Gun… on Sullivan’s Island!

You may have seen this wartime photo of the Sullivan’s Island defenses before. The photo shows two guns in Fort Marshall. The caption from the Library of Congress states this is the northeast angle of the fort. The photo was one of many taken of the defenses of Charleston in 1865 after the Federals occupiedContinue reading “Ye Olde English Gun… on Sullivan’s Island!”