Charleston’s ship channels – then and now

During our visit to Charleston last week, the Aide-de-Camp and I walked the Sullivan’s Island beach near sunset.  During our walk, our study of the harbor was interrupted as this big white thing passed: That’s the Carnival Ecstasy outbound on a cruise to some tropical ports of call.  One escort boat paces to the stern.  ThereContinue reading “Charleston’s ship channels – then and now”

“Ninety-eight of these shells struck the vessel”: Destruction of the blockade runner Flora

At least four different blockade runners used the name “Flora.”  The third of these was an iron steamer owned by the Importing and Exporting Company of Georgia, associated with the Lamars of that state.  On October 18, the Flora left Nassau for her maiden run through the blockade, heading for Charleston.  Bad luck dogged theContinue reading ““Ninety-eight of these shells struck the vessel”: Destruction of the blockade runner Flora”

“This looks very unpromising for the efficiency of the blockade”: Runners continue to use Charleston

The ten days of September 1864 was an active one for blockade runners, both making and leaving Charleston, South Carolina.  In “Lifeline of the Confederacy,” historian Stephen Wise counted three blockaders clearing Charleston, at least two arriving, and one sunk in the period of September 1-10, 1864.  As I’ve mentioned previously, a lot of factorsContinue reading ““This looks very unpromising for the efficiency of the blockade”: Runners continue to use Charleston”