Potter’s Raid, April 8, 1865: “The Clarendon Banner of Freedom”

After seeing to the bridges at Kingstree on April 7, 1865, Brigadier-General Edward E. Potter continued the advance toward Sumter (as Sumterville was shortened to in 1855) on the 8th.  Potter planned to remain on the south side of the Black River for the march to that place.  But to do so, he had toContinue reading “Potter’s Raid, April 8, 1865: “The Clarendon Banner of Freedom””

Potter’s Raid, April 6-7, 1865: Close enough “to give them a bit of my Yankee eloquence”

After a strong march of nineteen miles on April 5, Brigadier-General Edward E. Potter continued to move his two brigade division to the south of Black River. On April 6, the detachment from the 4th Massachusetts Cavalry, under Major Moses Webster lead the march at 6:30 a.m.  Following was the Second Brigade under Colonel EdwardContinue reading “Potter’s Raid, April 6-7, 1865: Close enough “to give them a bit of my Yankee eloquence””

November 2, 1864: Mr. Ward and Dahlgren’s Pedee/Santee Proposal

On November 2, 1864, Rear-Admiral John Dahlgren sent a confidential message to Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles, outlining a possibility for action on the South Carolina coast: Sir: This will be handed to the Department by Mr. Ward, who has very recently fled from his home in South Carolina. He represents to me thatContinue reading “November 2, 1864: Mr. Ward and Dahlgren’s Pedee/Santee Proposal”