On this day… September 7, 1863 -Charleston learns Morris Island lost

Robert Moore ran a couple of “on this day” posts earlier, looking back at reports in Shenandoah newspapers.  After spending most of the sesquicentennial with “on this day” writing, I’ve gotten out of habit for the most part.  But I retain the historical mindset when looking at the calendar. So occasionally I’ll link to anContinue reading “On this day… September 7, 1863 -Charleston learns Morris Island lost”

“Necessitated from the untenable condition of Battery Wagner,” Confederates evacuate

In the early morning hours of September 7, 1863, a deserter stumbled into the Federal siege lines.  Immediately captured, the deserter offered welcome news –  The Confederates abandoned Morris Island during the night. Instead of one final assault on the works, the Federals could simply walk into the fortifications.  The siege of Battery Wagner wasContinue reading ““Necessitated from the untenable condition of Battery Wagner,” Confederates evacuate”

“long expected and anxiously hoped for”: Federals make last push towards Wagner

Ever since the disastrous attack on July 18, the Federals had worked to close the distance between their trenches and the ditch in front of Battery Wagner. By a few feet here and yards there, they had advanced a siege line, placed heavy guns, and buttressed the trenches to allow staging an assault force. AfterContinue reading ““long expected and anxiously hoped for”: Federals make last push towards Wagner”