“with considerable annoyance to the garrison”: Fifth “minor” bombardment of Fort Sumter

On April 28, 1864, Federals on the northern end of Morris Island opened another concentrated bombardment of Fort Sumter.  This bombardment lasted for a week.  And if you are counting, according to Captain John Johnson this was the fifth minor bombardment of Fort Sumter by the Federal batteries.  This fifth minor bombardment consisted primarily ofContinue reading ““with considerable annoyance to the garrison”: Fifth “minor” bombardment of Fort Sumter”

Mortars at night against Fort Sumter: Another “minor” bombardment

Although not at the rate seen the previous fall, shot and shell still fell around Charleston as the spring season arrived.  Federals on Morris Island continued what is best described as “harassing fire” on Fort Sumter.  Usually no more than a handful of mortar or Parrott rifle rounds.  But on the afternoon of April 3,Continue reading “Mortars at night against Fort Sumter: Another “minor” bombardment”

March 15, 1864: A “minor” bombardment of Fort Sumter to destroy the East Three Gun Battery

Early on March 15, 1864, Lieutenant-Colonel Stephen Elliott reported “all quiet this morning.”  That report proved premature.  Later that evening, Elliott amended that report: I have the honor to report that the enemy opened on cribwork on east angle at 10:30 a.m., firing 143 shots from two 100-pounders at middle battery; one 200-pounder and oneContinue reading “March 15, 1864: A “minor” bombardment of Fort Sumter to destroy the East Three Gun Battery”