Batteries and forts of the Department of the South, June 1864

On June 8, 1864, First Lieutenant Charles Suter, of the Chief Engineer’s office, submitted a detailed report on the fortifications, and their armaments, throughout the Department of the South.  That lengthy report offers another point of reference with regard to the garrisoning and posturing in the department. So consider this sort of a “resource” postContinue reading “Batteries and forts of the Department of the South, June 1864”

“A demonstration to distract the enemy’s attention”: Schimmelfenning crosses to John’s Island

I’ve offered up a few posts about Morton’s Ford of late.  That action was the result of a demonstration made to distract the Confederates from a raid on Richmond, conducted for the most part with political objectives in mind.  But at the same time, another demonstration was in the works some 400 miles further south. Continue reading ““A demonstration to distract the enemy’s attention”: Schimmelfenning crosses to John’s Island”

“Thus secured perfect communication”: Lt. Town’s South Carolina signal stations

In an earlier post, I discussed Colonel Edward Serrell’s report concerning the work to establish a chain of signal stations across the South Carolina coast: Serrell’s activities were confined to the construction of the towers and supporting facilities, to include basic defenses.  First Lieutenant Franklin E. Town, from the 42nd New York Volunteers was theContinue reading ““Thus secured perfect communication”: Lt. Town’s South Carolina signal stations”