March 17, 1865: USS Bibb strikes torpedo – Confederate defenses of Charleston still a problem for Federals

Charleston fell to the Federals on February 18, 1865.  At that point, one might presume the war played out with relatively little activity around Charleston.   Well, I might, if I were not so preoccupied following Sherman’s march, offer a fair quantity of posts detailing the activity at Charleston and vicinity through the end of theContinue reading “March 17, 1865: USS Bibb strikes torpedo – Confederate defenses of Charleston still a problem for Federals”

“None of your ironclads will be withdrawn”: Status quo for Dahlgren’s squadron

Where as a year earlier the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron might have complained of over use, in September 1864 the sailors, particularly those on the ironclads, may have complained about the doldrums of inaction.  The blockade of Charleston required long hours of watch interrupted with an occasional chase of a runner or shell fired atContinue reading ““None of your ironclads will be withdrawn”: Status quo for Dahlgren’s squadron”

August 9, 1864: Prince Albert out on the jetty, another blockade runner sunk

On August 9, 1864, Captain Joseph F. Green, commanding the blockaders off Charleston, reported the demise of another blockade runner: I have to report that a propeller steamer, name unknown, was discovered by the Catskill at daylight this morning aground off Moultrie.  The Catskill immediately opened fire upon her with her rifled howitzers, followed byContinue reading “August 9, 1864: Prince Albert out on the jetty, another blockade runner sunk”