Operations against Charleston, February 9-13, 1865, Part 2: The Last Battles about Charleston

While Major-General William T. Sherman’s forces in the interior of South Carolina were working across the South Fork of the Edisto River on February 10, 1865, outside Charleston, a small Federal force was mounting one of the many demonstrations directed to keep Confederate forces pinned to the coast.  The demonstration was, to say the least,Continue reading “Operations against Charleston, February 9-13, 1865, Part 2: The Last Battles about Charleston”

“The plan is well worth considering”: Another Dahlgren plan to take Charleston

The summer months of 1864 marked a full year for Rear-Admiral John Dahlgren in command of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron.  Originally his assignment was to command the monitors operating against Charleston, with the objective to redeem some of the Navy’s prestige lost with the failed ironclad attack on Fort Sumter (in April 1863).  WithContinue reading ““The plan is well worth considering”: Another Dahlgren plan to take Charleston”

July 12, 1864: Foster considers “the demonstration… perfectly successful in one respect.”

On July 12, 1864, Major-General John Foster provided an update to Major-General Henry Halleck, Army Chief of Staff in Washington, with regard to operations outside Charleston.  By that date, Federals troops had withdrawn from James and John’s Island.  With that, Foster’s July offensive was closed – every column sent forth had returned, for better orContinue reading “July 12, 1864: Foster considers “the demonstration… perfectly successful in one respect.””