The first heavy breaching gun on Morris Island: 8-inch Parrott Rifle at Battery Hays

On July 25, 1863, Major Thomas Brooks offered this entry in his journal of operations on Morris Island: Saturday, July 25. – Completed on the left the first emplacement for a heavy breaching gun (8-inch Parrott rifle). This gun was mounted to-day, and first fired on Sumter August 12. It was served from a bomb-proofContinue reading “The first heavy breaching gun on Morris Island: 8-inch Parrott Rifle at Battery Hays”

A position on the marsh for a battery: An engineering challenge

If there is one aspect of the operations on Morris Island that gives the “Glory Charge” a contest in terms of recognition, it is the Swamp Angel. Before I go into the story of this famous gun, I must mention the engineering required to put the gun in position and, for a start, the storyContinue reading “A position on the marsh for a battery: An engineering challenge”

“A small artificial island” – Battery Kearny on Morris Island

One of my goals, blogging about the operations on Morris Island, is to introduce each of the works, Federal and Confederate, at their “sesquicentennial” points of reference. Looking back 150 years ago on the night of July 26-27, 1863, Major Thomas Brooks mentioned in his journals, in addition to other improvements on the second parallel,Continue reading ““A small artificial island” – Battery Kearny on Morris Island”