July 3, 1864: An assault on Fort Johnson handily repulsed

Even with the failures and setbacks of July 2, 1864, Major-General John Foster still had a good opportunity to crack the Confederate lines.  His stated primary objective -the rail lines between Charleston and Savannah – was out of reach.  But the Confederate lines directly in front of Charleston were seriously weakened state.  The fifth portionContinue reading “July 3, 1864: An assault on Fort Johnson handily repulsed”

July 2, 1864: “At Daylight the Yankees appeared suddenly…” – Federal demonstration on James Island

Continuing on with Major-General John Foster’s July 1864 operations in front of Charleston, having discussed Foster’s plan, coordination with the Navy, and the failures with columns striking for the Charleston & Savannah Railroad, let me turn to the concurrent actions on James Island.  I’m a bit out of the 150th time line here.  The actionsContinue reading “July 2, 1864: “At Daylight the Yankees appeared suddenly…” – Federal demonstration on James Island”

“First of my new exeditions”: Foster launches a round offensive operations in July 1864

On the first day of July 1864, Major-General John Foster was but a little over a month into his command of the Department of the South.  And he was about to launch a series of very bold offensives which – if executed with rapidity – could break open the stalemate in front of Charleston.  OnContinue reading ““First of my new exeditions”: Foster launches a round offensive operations in July 1864″