150 years ago: Beauregard considers using his own “fire shells” against the Federals

On January 8, 1864, Brigadier-General Thomas Jordon, Chief of Staff for General P.G.T. Beauregard, wrote to Major-General Jeremy F. Gilmer, second in command of Confederate forces in Savannah, Georgia: The commanding general wishes to know if some way cannot be devised for destroying the enemy’s dock-yards, machine shops, &c, at Scull Creek [sic], either byContinue reading “150 years ago: Beauregard considers using his own “fire shells” against the Federals”

CSS Savannah Threat: An open passageway from Savannah to Port Royal?

On December 7, 1863, Commander William Reynolds, senior naval officer at Port Royal, South Carolina, submitted a report to Rear-Admiral John Dahlgren which highlighted concerns for the safety of that important port: Sir:  After the Chippewa’s expedition up Skull Creek the other day, I sent Lieutenant-Commander Harris on short to see Colonel Barton, commandant atContinue reading “CSS Savannah Threat: An open passageway from Savannah to Port Royal?”

“The object of the expedition was fully accomplished”: Joint operation along Skull Creek

Through much of the Civil War, Skull Creek was the perimeter line for the Federal base on Hilton Head Island.  The creek connects Broad River with Calibogue River, thus creating the waterway separating the island.  The marshes and brackish water creeks provided a buffer between the Federal positions and Confederate posts further inland.  But occasionallyContinue reading ““The object of the expedition was fully accomplished”: Joint operation along Skull Creek”