“A good effect in worrying the enemy”: Demonstrations on the Stono and Edisto Rivers, January 1865

Earlier this week I mentioned several demonstrations that took place along the coast of South Carolina in the last days of January 1865.  One of these demonstrations lead to the loss of the USS Dai Ching.  Less costly, and more important to the overall Federal efforts, were two demonstrations which for all practical purposes wereContinue reading ““A good effect in worrying the enemy”: Demonstrations on the Stono and Edisto Rivers, January 1865″

July 4, 1864: “The intense heat of the day prevented a longer march” by Hatch on John’s Island

By the Fourth of July, 1864, Major-General John Foster’s operations had met with, at best, marginal success.  A raid by Brigadier-General William Birney ended before it started.  Brigadier-General John Hatch’s advance on John’s Island got off to a sluggish start.  On James Island, Brigadier-General Alexander Schimmelfennig had captured some Confederate earthworks and demonstrated in frontContinue reading “July 4, 1864: “The intense heat of the day prevented a longer march” by Hatch on John’s Island”

July 1, 1864: Naval support behind Foster’s offensive

Originally set to start on the evening of June 30, 1864, Major-General John Foster’s offensive against Charleston, and specifically the railroad connecting it to Savannah, got off to a late start the following evening.  The delay allowed Foster to collect all the forces intended for the operation.  It also allowed the Navy time to positionContinue reading “July 1, 1864: Naval support behind Foster’s offensive”