Dantzler’s counterattack added four day delay to siege of Battery Wagner

A few days ago while discussing the establishment of the fourth parallel against Battery Wagner, I brought up the infantry fighting between the sand ridge, held by the Confederates, and the ruins of the McMillian house. Colonel Edward Serrell depicted that particular section of the battlefield with this plate in his report: The fourth parallelContinue reading “Dantzler’s counterattack added four day delay to siege of Battery Wagner”

“…steadiness and soldierly conduct” of the 54th Massachusetts at Grimball’s Landing

Earlier I wrote of Brigadier-General Alfred Terry’s diversion launched on July 9, 1863 which occupied the southwest corner of James Island. Terry’s command held there for nearly a week, all the while distracting Confederate troops that would otherwise be thrown into the fray at Morris Island. The earlier post detailed Terry’s three brigades. But IContinue reading ““…steadiness and soldierly conduct” of the 54th Massachusetts at Grimball’s Landing”

How do we know about this “daring event of the war”? : Salvaging the Keokuk’s Guns, Part 2

As seen from the 1200 words spent relating the details about the salvaging of the USS Keokuk’s guns, the story is more than a simple recovery with dramatic flourishes on the side. Every account you are apt to find will emphasize the difficult labor against the elements with dangers ever-present. But were do we deriveContinue reading “How do we know about this “daring event of the war”? : Salvaging the Keokuk’s Guns, Part 2″