On this day in 1863, around 12:30 PM, the Federal batteries on Morris Island along with two monitors in the main ship channel, opened a massive bombardment of Fort Sumter. As detailed back during the sesquicentennial, that eruption marked the start of the Second Major Bombardment of the fort. Those “major” and “minor” bombardments, alongContinue reading “108th Day of the Siege – Enemy Opened Fire : 2nd Major Bombardment of Fort Sumter”
In total, 322 fixed and 108 field artillery pieces opposed the Federals as the embarked on the march into South Carolina. In Sherman’s two wings, the Federals brought only 68 field guns. Yet, much like they say about real estate, when it comes to artillery on the battlefield it is all about “location, location, location.” With less infantry and cavalry to oppose the Federals, the Confederates could not bring their numerical advantage in artillery to bear.
From the Navy’s perspective, Major-General William T. Sherman’s plans for South Carolina were somewhat mundane. As Sherman plotted a line of march toward the center of the state, he planned to bypass Charleston. For Rear-Admiral John Dahlgren, this meant the prize which he’d been assigned, when assuming command of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron inContinue reading ““I then allowed the Patapsco to drift up with the tide”: The loss of the Patapsco, Part 1″