Greek Fire shells at Charleston: Horrific incendiary or “humbug”?

One of the more controversial aspects of the siege of Charleston was the Federal use of incendiary shells, firing them into the city itself.  Major-General Quincy Gillmore ordered the use of 8-inch shells filled with “Greek fire” when the Swamp Angel bombarded the city in August 1863.   After the Swamp Angel burst, the Federals continuedContinue reading “Greek Fire shells at Charleston: Horrific incendiary or “humbug”?”