April 21, 1865: “… making fair contracts in writing with the people to cultivate the land…” in South Carolina

On April 21, 1865, there were several matters competing for Major-General Quincy Gillmore’s attention. The day before Gillmore received word of Major-General William T. Sherman’s truce with General Joseph E. Johnston, which thus governed operations in the Department of the South.  Also arriving was news of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.  The former prompted adjustments to Gillmore’sContinue reading “April 21, 1865: “… making fair contracts in writing with the people to cultivate the land…” in South Carolina”

Potter’s Raid, April 21, 1865: “The last shots loaded with hostile intent were fired as a salute”

With the destruction of trains at Middleton Depot on April 20, 1865, Brigadier-General Edward E. Potter turned his division to the Santee River Road on April 21, with the aim of marching back to Georgetown. Potter had his men on the march at dawn on the 21st.  In the rear was the 25th Ohio InfantryContinue reading “Potter’s Raid, April 21, 1865: “The last shots loaded with hostile intent were fired as a salute””

Potter’s Raid, April 10-14, 1865: Railroad and rolling stock laid to waste between Sumter and Manchester

Having reached Sumter on April 9, 1865, Brigadier-General Edward Potter turned his assigned mission once reaching that objective – destruction of railroads and materials.   Potter later recalled in his overall report of the expedition: On the 10th detachments were sent up and down the railroad to destroy the bridges and trestle-work. At Sumterville there wereContinue reading “Potter’s Raid, April 10-14, 1865: Railroad and rolling stock laid to waste between Sumter and Manchester”