Summary Statement, 2nd Quarter, 1863 – 3rd Rhode Island Heavy Artillery

Readers will be familiar with the 3rd Rhode Island Heavy Artillery due to their service along the South Carolina coast.  Hardly a month passes without mention of that unit here on this blog.  Though the main story-line in the 3rd’s service was operations against Charleston, batteries from the regiment served at times in Florida andContinue reading “Summary Statement, 2nd Quarter, 1863 – 3rd Rhode Island Heavy Artillery”

“6,000 bayonets flashed in the rays of the departing sun”: Seymour’s Charge on Battery Wagner

Let’s talk memory for a moment. I suspect this is what most readers recall when the July 18, 1863 assault on Battery Wagner comes up in conversation: The other day Kevin Levin refered to this action as “the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry’s unsuccessful assault at Battery Wagner.” While I certainly agree with Kevin’s broader pointContinue reading ““6,000 bayonets flashed in the rays of the departing sun”: Seymour’s Charge on Battery Wagner”

“…steadiness and soldierly conduct” of the 54th Massachusetts at Grimball’s Landing

Earlier I wrote of Brigadier-General Alfred Terry’s diversion launched on July 9, 1863 which occupied the southwest corner of James Island. Terry’s command held there for nearly a week, all the while distracting Confederate troops that would otherwise be thrown into the fray at Morris Island. The earlier post detailed Terry’s three brigades. But IContinue reading ““…steadiness and soldierly conduct” of the 54th Massachusetts at Grimball’s Landing”