“The barbarous treatment by the rebels of our colored troops…”: Hatch suggests retaliations

On May 12, 1864, Brigadier-General John P. Hatch sent this inquiry to War Department headquarters, specifically Major-General Ethan A. Hitchcock, serving as the Commissioner for Prisoner of War Exchanges: Headquarters Department of the South, Hilton Head, S.C., May 12, 1864. Maj. Gen. E. A. Hitchcock, U.S. Army: Dear General: The barbarous treatment by the rebelsContinue reading ““The barbarous treatment by the rebels of our colored troops…”: Hatch suggests retaliations”

Defending Port Royal Sound: Garrisons at Hilton Head, Beaufort, Fort Pulaski, and St. Helena Island

As Major-General Quincy Gillmore departed the Department of the South in late April 1864, he left behind an assessment of the garrisons along the coast addressed to Brigadier-General John Hatch, his replacement.  In that assessment, Gillmore included a paragraph describing the needs to defend the vital anchorage at Port Royal Sound: The district around PortContinue reading “Defending Port Royal Sound: Garrisons at Hilton Head, Beaufort, Fort Pulaski, and St. Helena Island”

150 Years Ago: Fighting in the Twilight at Brawner Farm

The opening shots of what became Second Manassas rang out this afternoon (August 28) 150 years ago.  Two famous brigades – the Iron and the Stonewall Brigades – squared off in a stand up infantry fight.  If you are not familiar with the Brawner Farm fight, the Robert Thompson’s “A Legend is Born at BrawnerContinue reading “150 Years Ago: Fighting in the Twilight at Brawner Farm”