Operations against Charleston, February 9-13, 1865, Part 1 – Togodo Creek

While Major-General William T. Sherman’s two wings maneuvered deeper into South Carolina, along the coast the Department of the South and the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron made several demonstrations and probes around Charleston.   As mentioned before, Sherman had no intentions to attack Charleston directly.  Such an effort, he feared, might bog down the campaign andContinue reading “Operations against Charleston, February 9-13, 1865, Part 1 – Togodo Creek”

“A good effect in worrying the enemy”: Demonstrations on the Stono and Edisto Rivers, January 1865

Earlier this week I mentioned several demonstrations that took place along the coast of South Carolina in the last days of January 1865.  One of these demonstrations lead to the loss of the USS Dai Ching.  Less costly, and more important to the overall Federal efforts, were two demonstrations which for all practical purposes wereContinue reading ““A good effect in worrying the enemy”: Demonstrations on the Stono and Edisto Rivers, January 1865″

150 years ago: Beauregard tries another ploy to snare a gunboat

General P.G.T. Beauregard long sought to repeat the success achieved with the ambush of the USS Isaac Smith in January 1863.  Various schemes, such as the Christmas Day ambush at Legareville, to capture or destroy a gunboat in the waters around Charleston came to naught.  Up January 1864, the promising torpedo boats had not broughtContinue reading “150 years ago: Beauregard tries another ploy to snare a gunboat”