“6,000 bayonets flashed in the rays of the departing sun”: Seymour’s Charge on Battery Wagner

Let’s talk memory for a moment. I suspect this is what most readers recall when the July 18, 1863 assault on Battery Wagner comes up in conversation: The other day Kevin Levin refered to this action as “the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry’s unsuccessful assault at Battery Wagner.” While I certainly agree with Kevin’s broader pointContinue reading ““6,000 bayonets flashed in the rays of the departing sun”: Seymour’s Charge on Battery Wagner”

150 years ago: “Covered ourselves all over with glory” – First assault on Battery Wagner

Having secured the southern two-thrids of Morris Island on July 10, 1863, Brigadier-General Quincy Gillmore weighed options to secure the other third. The small strength of Confederate troops encountered after the landings, along with information gathered from prisoners, convinced Gillmore Battery Wagner might be taken by direct assault. Orders went to Brigadier-General George Strong thatContinue reading “150 years ago: “Covered ourselves all over with glory” – First assault on Battery Wagner”

150 years ago: “Man your oars, and follow me!” Federal assault on Morris Island

That’s not a command from any infantry drill manual, but it was heard on July 10, 1863 as the Federals conducted a shore-to-shore amphibious landing on Morris Island. Brigadier-General Quincy Gillmore intended to attack on July 9, but waited a day for the weather to cooperate. The revised plan called for artillery on the northContinue reading “150 years ago: “Man your oars, and follow me!” Federal assault on Morris Island”