“The whole result has so far been utterly inadequate” : Assessing the bombardment of Charleston

The timing and weight of the Christmas Day bombardment caught Confederate authorities in Charleston off guard.  The city had been “under the guns” since the previous summer.  Though after the Swamp Angel initiated the bombardment, the number of Federal shots aimed at Charleston were small in number and little more than an annoyance.  Timed withContinue reading ““The whole result has so far been utterly inadequate” : Assessing the bombardment of Charleston”

The Christmas Bombardment of Charleston

“The Christmas of 1863 will long be remembered by those who passed the day in the City of Charleston….” said the writer at the Charleston Mercury.  Reporting on the Christmas Morning bombardment of the city, the Mercury reporter detailed: For hours before the eastern sky was streaked with the first grey tints of morning, theContinue reading “The Christmas Bombardment of Charleston”