“Last night at 9 o’clock I burnt Legareville”: Confederates torch a town in South Carolina

Yes, that’s right… the Confederates burned one of their own towns on August 20, 1864.  Major John Jenkins, 3rd South Carolina Cavalry reported the following day: Last night at 9 o’clock I burnt Legareville. The buildings were at almost the same instant set on fire and were in a few minutes a sheet of flames.Continue reading ““Last night at 9 o’clock I burnt Legareville”: Confederates torch a town in South Carolina”

“The troops behaved very handsomely”: John’s Island Operations – July 3-11, 1864

At this time 150 years ago, as I’ve alluded to in earlier posts, Major-General John Foster’s July operations in the field fizzled as he refocused his attention on Fort Sumter in the form of a heavy bombardment.  One might say Foster’s offensive was a flat failure.  But on the other hand, his stated objective –Continue reading ““The troops behaved very handsomely”: John’s Island Operations – July 3-11, 1864″

“Attacked the enemy at night and stunned him to a pause”: John’s Island demonstration, Part 2

In the first post on the John’s Island demonstration of February 1864, I discussed the reason for the operation and Federal movements to John’s Island.  I left off with Colonel Philip Brown’s account of the initial skirmishing on February 10, 1864.  Now I’ll turn to the initial Confederate reaction. Pickets from the 3rd South CarolinaContinue reading ““Attacked the enemy at night and stunned him to a pause”: John’s Island demonstration, Part 2″