“The enemy opened to-day on Secessionville”: Demonstrations in front of Charleston

While fighting continued at Spotsylvania, Virginia on May 10, 1864, a minor little bombardment took place outside Charleston, South Carolina.  Brigadier-General William Taliaferro reported: Royall’s, May 10, 1864–9.25 p.m. Capt. H. W. Feilden,  Assistant Adjutant-General: Colonel Simonton reports that to-day two barges came from Folly Island with about 20 men, and landed them at theContinue reading ““The enemy opened to-day on Secessionville”: Demonstrations in front of Charleston”

150 years ago: Delays due to delivery of corn and transportation of prisoners

The Confederate Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida had a new commander at the close of April 1864.  Gone was General P.G.T. Beauregard.  Now Major-General Samuel Jones had command. But while the command changed, from the perspective of those in Richmond, some problems persisted – namely delays moving troops to reinforce the Army ofContinue reading “150 years ago: Delays due to delivery of corn and transportation of prisoners”