The Military Districts of South Carolina

Call this a resource post – the boring administrative details behind the other stories and threads.  For the Federals operating in the Department of the South, organization is relatively straight forward.  Both the Army and the Navy forces operated, generally speaking, across the same set of boundaries.  A close relation exists for the main elementsContinue reading “The Military Districts of South Carolina”

Federals obstruct Stono River and give Confederates opening for bold move

On November 23, 1863, Confederate observers posted on the Stono River reported Federal activity to obstruct the channel.   The journal entry on November 24 from the headquarters in Charleston read, “General [Johnson] Hagood reports that since yesterday the enemy have been repairing the wharf at Legareville, and are now at work with a pile driverContinue reading “Federals obstruct Stono River and give Confederates opening for bold move”

“Ideas of advance from North Edisto”: Confederates strengthen Saint Andrew’s Parish

Back in the spring, while going “round the horn” examining the Charleston defenses, I held off discussing the defenses to the west of Charleston in Saint Andrew’s Parish.  Two very important transportation links to Savannah passed through the Parish – The Charleston & Savannah Railroad and the Charleston-Savannah Turnpike.  To the south of the mainlandContinue reading ““Ideas of advance from North Edisto”: Confederates strengthen Saint Andrew’s Parish”