150 Years Ago: The siege lines reach Battery Wagner

Starting his journal entry for September 6, 1863, Major Thomas Brooks wrote: The sap is progressing to-day. One branch is to pass to the left and the other to the right of the bastion of the fort, thus enveloping it. To-day, as yesterday, men are constantly exposing themselves above the parapets without drawing any fireContinue reading “150 Years Ago: The siege lines reach Battery Wagner”

The horse and the ox: Comparing the work of whites and blacks on Morris Island

As the work from the fifth parallel drug on… slowly drug on… Major Thomas Brooks recorded a change of the duty regiment among the fatigue detail on August 31, 1863: The Third U.S. Colored Troops, who have been on fatigue duty in the advanced trenches since the 20th instant, were relieved to-day by the Fifty-fourthContinue reading “The horse and the ox: Comparing the work of whites and blacks on Morris Island”

150 years ago: Fourth parallel at 350 yards from Battery Wagner

August was a busy month on Morris Island, 150 years ago. And the busiest days occurred from August 17 through 23 with the simultaneous bombardment of Fort Sumter, advance of the siege lines against Battery Wagner, and the little matter of a Parrott Gun firing on Charleston. Add in Confederate attempt to sink the USSContinue reading “150 years ago: Fourth parallel at 350 yards from Battery Wagner”