On Labor Day, let’s talk about labor on Morris Island

Here in the US we celebrate Labor Day in honor of American workers and their contributions to the country.  A century and a half ago, there was a lot of labor contributed to the campaign on Morris Island.  And as one might expect, the ever diligent Major Thomas Brooks recorded the details on this aspectContinue reading “On Labor Day, let’s talk about labor on Morris Island”

Building up the fifth parallel for the final push on Battery Wagner

For August 30, 1863, Major Thomas Brooks offered a short entry in his journal: The unfinished work of yesterday is in progress to-day. As the moon shines brightly to-night, and the enemy are firing constantly, no attempt was made to advance. Lieutenant-Colonel Purviance, commanding Eighty-fifth Pennsylvania Volunteers, was killed during this tour of duty asContinue reading “Building up the fifth parallel for the final push on Battery Wagner”

Torpedoes gave “considerable trouble and anxiety” on Morris Island

Following the successful assault on August 26, 1863 and establishment of the fifth parallel, the Federal troops encountered different sort of weapon employed by the Confederates in defense of Battery Wagner. Major Thomas Brooks recorded this entry in his journal from August 26: On [the fifth parallel] the first torpedoes were found. One exploded, throwingContinue reading “Torpedoes gave “considerable trouble and anxiety” on Morris Island”