“I am strictly on the defensive”: Hardee and Davis consider arrangements to defend South Carolina

For Major-General William J. Hardee, commanding the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, the conclusion of the Savannah Campaign in December 1864 left one redeeming positive result – his field army escaped largely intact.  Granted, that “army” was little more than a corps in terms of manpower. But having at least a force inContinue reading ““I am strictly on the defensive”: Hardee and Davis consider arrangements to defend South Carolina”

A bold plan against the Confederate railroads: Seymour looks towards Branchville

When South Carolina seceded, Truman Seymour was a thirty-seven year old captain at the start of the war, stationed at Fort Moultrie.  He was among those who manned Fort Sumter during the opening battle of the war.  In the fall of 1862, he returned to serve as Major-General David Hunter’s Chief of Staff.  He’d takenContinue reading “A bold plan against the Confederate railroads: Seymour looks towards Branchville”

Castle Pinckney Sold for $10!

You read that right!  Ten dollars! The current owner, the South Carolina State Ports Authority, agreed to sell the fort and grounds to the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) Camp 1269 for what you must agree is a very, very fair price. The Ports Authority acquired Shutes’ Folly  back in the 1950s when the siteContinue reading “Castle Pinckney Sold for $10!”