Confederate raid on Port Royal Island foiled by “contretemps”

I’ve mentioned Captain J.J. Magee, of the 7th South Carolina Cavalry (the Rutledge Mounted Rifles), as one of the more effective Confederate scouts in South Carolina.  One of his last actions in South Carolina, before transferred to Virginia later that spring, was an attempted raid on Port Royal Island.  His commander, Brigadier General William S.Continue reading “Confederate raid on Port Royal Island foiled by “contretemps””

Federal raid to capture labor party results in skirmish on Whitemarsh Island

On the morning of February 22, 1864, a small skirmish broke out on Whitemarsh Island, outside Savannah, Georgia.  The action was the result of a Federal raid aimed to capture working parties employed at that time by the Confederates to build defenses on the island.   As a point of reference, let me pull in oneContinue reading “Federal raid to capture labor party results in skirmish on Whitemarsh Island”