Need heavy guns on the Potomac: Seacoast defenses for Washington

Even after all direct threats to Washington, D.C. abated with the end of the Gettysburg Campaign, at least one man in the capital city saw the need to improve defenses. On September 1, 1863, Brigadier-General John G. Barnard wrote to Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton: The works of Rozier’s Bluff, and near Jones’ PointContinue reading “Need heavy guns on the Potomac: Seacoast defenses for Washington”

Winding down Morris Island

I’ve been on this Morris Island run since the days after Gettysburg in July. Two and a half months of mostly Morris Island stuff. Not that I complain. I find it fun to write about a lively, interesting (to me at least) topic. But I’ve got to begin “ground work” for the next round ofContinue reading “Winding down Morris Island”

Another Battery to fire on the City of Charleston: The Black Island Battery

Even with the fall of Battery Wagner on September 7, 1863, the engineers remained busy around Morris Island. New batteries were needed to bombard Fort Sumter and Sullivan’s Island beyond. Existing works and other facilities had to be transformed to better front James Island. And, of great interest to freshly promoted Major-General Quincy Gillmore, aContinue reading “Another Battery to fire on the City of Charleston: The Black Island Battery”