The days since the Sesquicentennial ended have been very interesting for those of us with an interest in heavy Civil War ordnance. Three cannon came out of the PeeDee River in South Carolina, once armament of the CSS Pee Dee. Two rare Brooke rifles and a Dahlgren shell gun. And there is the ongoing recoveryContinue reading “Another Dahlgren recovered from CSS Georgia … and a rifled one at that!”
The roots of the Naval War College and our modern joint warfare training come from an obscure, often overlooked operation on the Savannah River in January 1865. The operation featured the unlikely situation where a Federal steamer named “General Robert E. Lee” linked up with forces under the command of Major-General Jefferson C. Davis.
Following the Confederate withdrawal from Pocotaligo on the night of January 14, 1865, Major-General Frank Blair’s Seventeenth Corps consolidated positions for its foothold in South Carolina (Point #1 on the map below). Immediately, Federal officers began looking at the Confederate line along the Salkehatchie River for possible crossing points. Further south, Major-General Henry Slocum’s LeftContinue reading “January 20, 1865: Logistic constraints and rains delay Sherman’s movements”