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”

December 9, 1864: Another attempt at the Charleston & Savannah Railroad falls yards short

Earlier I mentioned the operation launched by Major-General John Foster to gain the Charleston & Savannah Railroad by an attack near Coosawhatchie, South Carolina.  Again, this was an effort to support Major-General William T. Sherman’s march to the sea by cutting the rail link between Savannah and Charleston.  Earlier efforts failed to break the railContinue reading “December 9, 1864: Another attempt at the Charleston & Savannah Railroad falls yards short”

Bulwark against Sherman: Land-side defenses of Savannah

Back when those were pertinent to the sesquicentennial, I discussed the coastal defenses around Savannah (part 1 and part 2).  I touched upon some of the improvements built on Whitemarsh Island early in 1864.  (And at some time after these 150ths are over, I’ll return to discuss them in more detail.)  But all of thoseContinue reading “Bulwark against Sherman: Land-side defenses of Savannah”