The Swamp Angel at 150

Last Saturday (August 24), Trenton, New Jersey rededicated the “Swamp Angel” in Cadwalader Park.  From New Jersey Online: The massive, eight-ton cannon named Swamp Angel was memorialized in celebration of its 150th anniversary and a new marble plaque was unveiled at Cadwalader Park by members of the Camp Olden Civil War Round Table and Museum,Continue reading “The Swamp Angel at 150”

Battery Meade – up close and in detail

When discussing Batteries Rosecrans and Meade earlier, I held off detailed analysis of Battery Meade photographs.  Let me catch up using a digital copy of a photo of Battery Meade from the Hagley Museum and Library, Haas & Peale collection: The photographer took this standing to the left rear of the battery, about where theContinue reading “Battery Meade – up close and in detail”

150 years ago: The bombardment of Fort Sumter begins

At daybreak on August 17, 1863, an 8-inch Parrott in Battery Brown fired a shell at Fort Sumter.  That shot signaled the start of the first, of many, bombardments of the fort from Federal batteries on Morris Island.  This shot was the culmination of a month’s worth of activity, which for all practical purposes startedContinue reading “150 years ago: The bombardment of Fort Sumter begins”