“I desire you to have the Swamp Angel repaired”: Foster seeks another “angle” on Fort Sumter

On July 26, 1864, Major-General John Foster gave Brigadier General Alexander Schimmelfennig an order with several tasks to accomplish.  The first was with respect to the old Marsh Battery where a year earlier the Swamp Angel had first brought Charleston under bombardment: I desire you to have the Swamp Angel repaired and armed with aContinue reading ““I desire you to have the Swamp Angel repaired”: Foster seeks another “angle” on Fort Sumter”

Federal Forts and Batteries on Morris Island, Spring 1864

After the fall of Battery Wagner in September 1863, records of Federal works on Morris Island lack the superb documentation seen throughout the summer siege operations.  In stark contrast to the detailed engineering reports and diagrams, far fewer maps, profiles, or descriptions exist for the fortifications re-purposed for the longer operations from October 1863 toContinue reading “Federal Forts and Batteries on Morris Island, Spring 1864”

150 years ago: “The Swamp Angel broods in his gloom”

In the early morning hours of August 22, 1863, a single shot fired from an 8-inch Parrott rifle at the Marsh Battery opened up another chapter in the operations on Morris Island. There’s a lot of “firsts” or “notables” often mentioned with this incident. But the most often cited is the first bombardment of aContinue reading “150 years ago: “The Swamp Angel broods in his gloom””