Fortification Friday: Crows-foot, Small Pickets and Entanglements could put you on the disabled list

A fine point about the functional nature of obstacles – determent value is measured in both the ability to impede and injure.  You might call it a philosophical nuance, in context of the military art, but the distinction is important when considering the application of obstacle types.  In practical terms, recall how the abattis andContinue reading “Fortification Friday: Crows-foot, Small Pickets and Entanglements could put you on the disabled list”

“Necessitated from the untenable condition of Battery Wagner,” Confederates evacuate

In the early morning hours of September 7, 1863, a deserter stumbled into the Federal siege lines.  Immediately captured, the deserter offered welcome news –  The Confederates abandoned Morris Island during the night. Instead of one final assault on the works, the Federals could simply walk into the fortifications.  The siege of Battery Wagner wasContinue reading ““Necessitated from the untenable condition of Battery Wagner,” Confederates evacuate”

150 Years Ago: The siege lines reach Battery Wagner

Starting his journal entry for September 6, 1863, Major Thomas Brooks wrote: The sap is progressing to-day. One branch is to pass to the left and the other to the right of the bastion of the fort, thus enveloping it. To-day, as yesterday, men are constantly exposing themselves above the parapets without drawing any fireContinue reading “150 Years Ago: The siege lines reach Battery Wagner”