“The negro force reduced considerably; more absolutely necessary.”: Third Major Bombardment of Fort Sumter continues

The Third Major Bombardment of Fort Sumter entered a second month in August 1864.  I offered the “by day” Confederate tally of rounds fired at the fort at intervals during July  – July 7-10, July 11-20, and July 21-25.  Over those time, the rate of fire averaged around 15 rounds per hour.  That was “average,”Continue reading ““The negro force reduced considerably; more absolutely necessary.”: Third Major Bombardment of Fort Sumter continues”

Ask for IX-inch guns, you get XI-inch guns: Naval support for the Third Major Bombardment

Last week, I mentioned this gun that was put to use on Morris Island in the summer of 1864: At the end of July, 1864, Major-General John Foster requested support from Rear-Admiral John Dahlgren to sustain the Third Major Bombardment of Fort Sumter.  In addition to asking for replacements for burst heavy Parrott rifles, FosterContinue reading “Ask for IX-inch guns, you get XI-inch guns: Naval support for the Third Major Bombardment”

August 2, 1864: “Three boats went entirely around Sumter this evening”- Federal recon of Fort Sumter

Periodically during the Third Major Bombardment, the Federals sent out boats under the cover of night to assess the progress of the destruction of Fort Sumter.  The most detailed of those reports came in the first days of August 1864.  On the night of August 1-2, three boats, lead by Captain Richard Allison, 127th NewContinue reading “August 2, 1864: “Three boats went entirely around Sumter this evening”- Federal recon of Fort Sumter”