December 4 to 17, 1864: Cease fire for Prisoner exchanges at Charleston

My focus on the Savannah Campaign brought a neglect to “on this day 150 years ago” blogging relative to Charleston and other points.  As Major-General William T. Sherman’s operations were at a lull for the closing weeks of 1864, that pause allows me time to “catch up.”  The important news out of Charleston during theContinue reading “December 4 to 17, 1864: Cease fire for Prisoner exchanges at Charleston”

150 years ago, today: A prisoner exchange at Charleston

There is an oft repeated over simplification in regard to prisoner handling during the later stages of the Civil War.  I’m sure you’ve heard or read that the Federals, specifically Lieutenant-General U.S. Grant, ceased all prisoner exchanges (which thus, in some jaded eyes, lead directly to the horrors of Andersonville).  However, it is not theContinue reading “150 years ago, today: A prisoner exchange at Charleston”

“There are many thousands confined at southern points”: Messages from the prisoners in Charleston

On July 1, 1864, Major-General Samuel Jones, commanding Confederate forces across South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, forwarded a pair of letters to his Federal counterpart, Major-General John Foster, through the lines at Hilton Head, South Carolina.  Theses were forwarded messages from the five generals being held in Charleston at that time.  The first of theseContinue reading ““There are many thousands confined at southern points”: Messages from the prisoners in Charleston”