Gillmore’s Plans for operations in the Department of the South: December 1863

By the middle of December, Major-General Quincy Gillmore’s plans to take Charleston, South Carolina had hit a dead end.  The Tenth Corps, Department of the South, had taken full possession of Morris Island and used it as an artillery platform to wreck Fort Sumter and smite Charleston itself.  But any further progress depended upon navalContinue reading “Gillmore’s Plans for operations in the Department of the South: December 1863”

“Every vestige of the prejudice and ill feeling… has disappeared”: Gillmore on the USCT

By December 1863, Major-General Quincy Gillmore had commanded the Department of the South, and more specifically the Tenth Corps, for seven months.  In that time, his command took possession of Morris Island, but only through an active, vigorous campaign of three months.  The follow up was a prolonged bombardment of Fort Sumter, with occasional prodsContinue reading ““Every vestige of the prejudice and ill feeling… has disappeared”: Gillmore on the USCT”

150 years ago: More boats against Fort Sumter

At 2 a.m. on the morning of November 20, 1863, Federal gunners on Morris Island sent two shells into the night, aimed at Charleston.  Those shots were in addition to the 97 fired at Fort Sumter, as part of the now routine night’s activity.  The moon sat shortly after the shots into Charleston.  The weatherContinue reading “150 years ago: More boats against Fort Sumter”