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  By that date, Federals troops had withdrawn from James and John’s Island.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.””

“The heavy fire of a fresh bombardment was suddenly opened”: Foster starts the 3rd Major Bombardment

By July 7, 1864,  Major-General John Foster’s July offensive was marking time for the most part.  Although a lot of fighting took place on John’s Island that day (which I’ll get to in a separate post), nothing played out to change the situation on James Island.  So any door Foster had hoped to kick openContinue reading ““The heavy fire of a fresh bombardment was suddenly opened”: Foster starts the 3rd Major Bombardment”

June 26, 1864: Gallant acts around the flagstaffs

The 3rd Rhode Island Heavy Artillery’s regimental history is a prime resource for those studying the siege and campaigns around Charleston, South Carolina.  The journal-like entries often provide colorful side notes to the larger episodes of the war.  A good example are the paragraphs offered for June 26, 1864.  In addition to the ceremony surroundingContinue reading “June 26, 1864: Gallant acts around the flagstaffs”