“The insufficiency of the present force.”: Loss of the USS Water Witch and impact on the blockade

A 150th anniversary which I should have noted here last week is the capture of the USS Water Witch in Ossabaw Sound, Georgia.  The incident itself was but a small matter in the scope of the larger battles occurring at the same time.  But the capture of this gunboat had important effects which played outContinue reading ““The insufficiency of the present force.”: Loss of the USS Water Witch and impact on the blockade”

Batteries in the Marshes: The defenses of Savannah, Part 1

Now if you consider the Charleston area a backwater by the middle of the Civil War, then maybe Savannah, Georgia qualifies as an eddy. But just as Charleston saw considerable activity in January 1863, the combatants in the Savannah sector were restless. Yesterday “Seaman Rob” provided a look at the ironclads bombardment of Fort McAllister,Continue reading “Batteries in the Marshes: The defenses of Savannah, Part 1”