“Personal abuse of the people will be most severely punished….”: Behavior of the Seventeenth Corps on Port Royal Island

There is a narrative, that holds purchase in the view of some, that Major-General William T. Sherman led, for all practical purposes, an organized mob of thieves, arsonists, and thugs across Georgia and the Carolinas.  According to that narrative, Sherman’s men committed gross crimes against civilians as the military leaders simply turned a blind eyeContinue reading ““Personal abuse of the people will be most severely punished….”: Behavior of the Seventeenth Corps on Port Royal Island”

Defending Port Royal Sound: Garrisons at Hilton Head, Beaufort, Fort Pulaski, and St. Helena Island

As Major-General Quincy Gillmore departed the Department of the South in late April 1864, he left behind an assessment of the garrisons along the coast addressed to Brigadier-General John Hatch, his replacement.  In that assessment, Gillmore included a paragraph describing the needs to defend the vital anchorage at Port Royal Sound: The district around PortContinue reading “Defending Port Royal Sound: Garrisons at Hilton Head, Beaufort, Fort Pulaski, and St. Helena Island”

Confederate raid on Port Royal Island foiled by “contretemps”

I’ve mentioned Captain J.J. Magee, of the 7th South Carolina Cavalry (the Rutledge Mounted Rifles), as one of the more effective Confederate scouts in South Carolina.  One of his last actions in South Carolina, before transferred to Virginia later that spring, was an attempted raid on Port Royal Island.  His commander, Brigadier General William S.Continue reading “Confederate raid on Port Royal Island foiled by “contretemps””