“A demonstration in force on James Island” : Terry’s Division distracts the Confederates

I’ve discussed Brigadier-General Quincy Gillmore’s main attack on Morris Island and the expedition to the Edisto River.  Now to look at Brigadier-General Alfred H. Terry’s division on James Island. Terry’s division had orders to mount “A demonstration in force on James Island, by way of the Stono River, designed to prevent re-enforcements to the enemyContinue reading ““A demonstration in force on James Island” : Terry’s Division distracts the Confederates”

150 Years Ago: Fort Pulaski Isolated

On this day (February 13) in 1862, a Federal battery along the Savannah River fired upon a Confederate steamer Ida.  While not stopping the steamer, the presence of the batteries prevented any further resupply of Fort Pulaski.  This course of events set the stage for a deliberate siege and reduction of the fort two monthsContinue reading “150 Years Ago: Fort Pulaski Isolated”

150 Years Ago: Planning the Reduction of Fort Pulaski

In the fall of 1861, the commander of the Federal Expeditionary Force then at Port Royal, South Carolina, Brigadier General Thomas W. Sherman, looked at means to bock, if not completely secure, the port of Savannah, Georgia.  To accomplish this, Sherman had to deal with Fort Pulaski, on Cockspur Island in the Savannah River.  Sherman,Continue reading “150 Years Ago: Planning the Reduction of Fort Pulaski”