September 28, 1864: Beauregard heading back to Charleston

On September 28, 1864, Brigadier-General Rufus Saxton passed along two intercepted messages from the Confederate lines at Charleston.  The second of these, from Beach Inlet to Battery Bee, read: Captain Smith requests that you will let us know when General Beauregard crossed the bridge. With this bit of information, Saxton asked his superior, Major-General JohnContinue reading “September 28, 1864: Beauregard heading back to Charleston”

“To those who doubt whether the negro soldiers will fight…”: Skirmish on the Pocotaligo

Raids from Port Royal into the coastal plantations of South Carolina and Georgia were commonplace by the fall of 1863.  Starting early that year, these raids focused on something more than simple harassment of Confederate posts.  As seen with the St. Mary’s River expedition,the Combahee Raid, and later Edisto River operation, Federal forces engaged inContinue reading ““To those who doubt whether the negro soldiers will fight…”: Skirmish on the Pocotaligo”