Confederate raid on Port Royal Island foiled by “contretemps”

I’ve mentioned Captain J.J. Magee, of the 7th South Carolina Cavalry (the Rutledge Mounted Rifles), as one of the more effective Confederate scouts in South Carolina.  One of his last actions in South Carolina, before transferred to Virginia later that spring, was an attempted raid on Port Royal Island.  His commander, Brigadier General William S.Continue reading “Confederate raid on Port Royal Island foiled by “contretemps””

Captain Magee snoops around the Federal communication lines

Back in September 1863, the Confederates guarding the Charleston & Savannah Railroad foiled a Federal attempt to tap into telegraph lines.  Attempts to “hack” communications were not limited to the boys in blue.  The journal entry from General P.G.T. Beauregard’s headquarters for December 4, 1863 notes Captain J.J. Magee of the 7th South Carolina CavalryContinue reading “Captain Magee snoops around the Federal communication lines”