Operations against Charleston, February 9-13, 1865, Part 2: The Last Battles about Charleston

While Major-General William T. Sherman’s forces in the interior of South Carolina were working across the South Fork of the Edisto River on February 10, 1865, outside Charleston, a small Federal force was mounting one of the many demonstrations directed to keep Confederate forces pinned to the coast.  The demonstration was, to say the least,Continue reading “Operations against Charleston, February 9-13, 1865, Part 2: The Last Battles about Charleston”

July 2, 1864: “At Daylight the Yankees appeared suddenly…” – Federal demonstration on James Island

Continuing on with Major-General John Foster’s July 1864 operations in front of Charleston, having discussed Foster’s plan, coordination with the Navy, and the failures with columns striking for the Charleston & Savannah Railroad, let me turn to the concurrent actions on James Island.  I’m a bit out of the 150th time line here.  The actionsContinue reading “July 2, 1864: “At Daylight the Yankees appeared suddenly…” – Federal demonstration on James Island”

Federals obstruct Stono River and give Confederates opening for bold move

On November 23, 1863, Confederate observers posted on the Stono River reported Federal activity to obstruct the channel.   The journal entry on November 24 from the headquarters in Charleston read, “General [Johnson] Hagood reports that since yesterday the enemy have been repairing the wharf at Legareville, and are now at work with a pile driverContinue reading “Federals obstruct Stono River and give Confederates opening for bold move”