“The troops in Virginia and Tennessee have generally built [forts]…”: Slave labor for seacoast forts

Last month, while discussing the issues facing the Charleston defenders, I mentioned the shortage of labor needed to build the defenses. General P.G.T. Beauregard and other military officials complained the planters failed to supply the numbers required to complete the works. Often when interpreting this particular issue, we bring up the irony that in orderContinue reading ““The troops in Virginia and Tennessee have generally built [forts]…”: Slave labor for seacoast forts”

150 Years Ago: Beauregard prepares for a coming storm

On February 17, 1863, General P.G.T. Beauregard felt it was time to ready his command and send the alarm to the cities of Charleston and Savannah.  His headquarters monitored Federal activity on ashore and afloat, indicating something was due to happen soon.  At least that’s the way Beauregard figured it. In preparation, he ordered theContinue reading “150 Years Ago: Beauregard prepares for a coming storm”

Batteries in the Marshes: The Defenses of Savannah, Part 2

Continuing from yesterday’s post, I’ll first turn to the improvements to the fortifications directed by General P.G.T. Beauregard in October 1862. Although after his initial, but brief September 1862 inspection, Beauregard considered the defenses well placed, after the detailed inspection in October, he found many issues with gun placement in the works.  Beauregard called forContinue reading “Batteries in the Marshes: The Defenses of Savannah, Part 2”