Federal raid to capture labor party results in skirmish on Whitemarsh Island

On the morning of February 22, 1864, a small skirmish broke out on Whitemarsh Island, outside Savannah, Georgia.  The action was the result of a Federal raid aimed to capture working parties employed at that time by the Confederates to build defenses on the island.   As a point of reference, let me pull in oneContinue reading “Federal raid to capture labor party results in skirmish on Whitemarsh Island”

Gillmore’s Plans for operations in the Department of the South: December 1863

By the middle of December, Major-General Quincy Gillmore’s plans to take Charleston, South Carolina had hit a dead end.  The Tenth Corps, Department of the South, had taken full possession of Morris Island and used it as an artillery platform to wreck Fort Sumter and smite Charleston itself.  But any further progress depended upon navalContinue reading “Gillmore’s Plans for operations in the Department of the South: December 1863”

Batteries in the Marshes: The defenses of Savannah, Part 1

Now if you consider the Charleston area a backwater by the middle of the Civil War, then maybe Savannah, Georgia qualifies as an eddy. But just as Charleston saw considerable activity in January 1863, the combatants in the Savannah sector were restless. Yesterday “Seaman Rob” provided a look at the ironclads bombardment of Fort McAllister,Continue reading “Batteries in the Marshes: The defenses of Savannah, Part 1”