Booms to protect telegraph wire at Light House Inlet

In the previous post, we looked at the signal network constructed to link Hilton Head to Folly Island, as detailed by Colonel Edward Serrell.  Closing that post, I mentioned the arrangements to run telegraph wire across Light House Inlet, which would provide a wire link right up to Fort Putnam at the north end ofContinue reading “Booms to protect telegraph wire at Light House Inlet”

“… a surprise in order to insure success.”: Gillmore’s Plan for Morris Island

Since taking command of the Department of the South, Brigadier-General Quincy Gillmore worked with a single focus in mind – Morris Island. That barrier island was the first advance, he thought, toward Charleston. And Charleston was his objective. Having taken stock of the situation, and consulted his subordinates, Gillmore decided to use the foothold whichContinue reading ““… a surprise in order to insure success.”: Gillmore’s Plan for Morris Island”