December 4 to 17, 1864: Cease fire for Prisoner exchanges at Charleston

My focus on the Savannah Campaign brought a neglect to “on this day 150 years ago” blogging relative to Charleston and other points.  As Major-General William T. Sherman’s operations were at a lull for the closing weeks of 1864, that pause allows me time to “catch up.”  The important news out of Charleston during theContinue reading “December 4 to 17, 1864: Cease fire for Prisoner exchanges at Charleston”

“I have up to the present time received over 3,000 of our men”: Prisoner exchanges in November 1864 upriver from Fort Pulaski

One of the long standing myths associated with the Civil War is that Lieutenant-General U.S. Grant stopped exchanges mid-way through the war.  This normally offered as a blanket statement.  And the lack of exchanges is then cited as causing the swelling prison population.  As I’ve discussed at length during the sesquicentennial, the Federals curtailed exchangesContinue reading ““I have up to the present time received over 3,000 of our men”: Prisoner exchanges in November 1864 upriver from Fort Pulaski”