“… a surprise in order to insure success.”: Gillmore’s Plan for Morris Island

Since taking command of the Department of the South, Brigadier-General Quincy Gillmore worked with a single focus in mind – Morris Island. That barrier island was the first advance, he thought, toward Charleston. And Charleston was his objective. Having taken stock of the situation, and consulted his subordinates, Gillmore decided to use the foothold whichContinue reading ““… a surprise in order to insure success.”: Gillmore’s Plan for Morris Island”

Masked Batteries on Folly Island: First steps in Gillmore’s offensive

Let me return to the barrier islands outside Charleston. By the first week of July 1863, the front lines remained much as they stood earlier in April. However, inside those lines, Brigadier-General Quincy Gillmore increased the strength of the Folly Island garrison. By July 6 the force under the command of Brigadier-General Truman Seymour includedContinue reading “Masked Batteries on Folly Island: First steps in Gillmore’s offensive”

The stalemate of April outside Charleston, Part 2

First off, let me update the map provided in part 1 of this set (looking at the situation outside Charleston in late April 1863): I’ve added the place-names for the islands held by the Federals.  Also depicted the units deployed to James, Morris, and Folly Islands. Second, let me better describe Brigadier-General Vogdes’ command.  TheContinue reading “The stalemate of April outside Charleston, Part 2”