“The yellow fever is now more or less prevalent…”: Foster directs steps to combat an outbreak

With a very deadly disease at the fore of the news today, I find an easy step from current events back to those happening 150 years ago during the Civil War. As mentioned yesterday, Major-General John Foster, while reporting to authorities in Washington on October 4, 1864, expressed concern about the threat of a yellowContinue reading ““The yellow fever is now more or less prevalent…”: Foster directs steps to combat an outbreak”

September 28, 1864: Beauregard heading back to Charleston

On September 28, 1864, Brigadier-General Rufus Saxton passed along two intercepted messages from the Confederate lines at Charleston.  The second of these, from Beach Inlet to Battery Bee, read: Captain Smith requests that you will let us know when General Beauregard crossed the bridge. With this bit of information, Saxton asked his superior, Major-General JohnContinue reading “September 28, 1864: Beauregard heading back to Charleston”

“The mighty brain of the matchless Beauregard”: Confederates react to Federal codebreaking

From the start of the 1864 campaigns, the Federal signal teams, in all theaters, demonstrated the ability to intercept and decode Confederate messages sent by wig-wag.  While I’ve focused on efforts at Charleston, similar activities in Georgia and Virginia show the Federal signaleers were quite adept at what we would call today Signals Intelligence –Continue reading ““The mighty brain of the matchless Beauregard”: Confederates react to Federal codebreaking”