Overwhelming the Ridge: The fifth parallel at 240 yards from Battery Wagner

The failure to establish a line on “the ridge” did not set well among the Federals directing the siege lines on Morris Island on August 25, 1863.  On the barrier island a sand dune which might be inconsequential on any other battlefields now took on the prominence of a major mountain.  Without the ridge, theContinue reading “Overwhelming the Ridge: The fifth parallel at 240 yards from Battery Wagner”

“The saddest day of the siege” of Battery Wagner

Writing about the operations outside Charleston is a daunting task.  There’s simply too many topics to touch upon.  I might spend days with nothing more on the blog than posts about Morris Island – which is what I’ve done for the last month or more! Let me start by saying that yes, the “first bombardment”Continue reading ““The saddest day of the siege” of Battery Wagner”

Dantzler’s counterattack added four day delay to siege of Battery Wagner

A few days ago while discussing the establishment of the fourth parallel against Battery Wagner, I brought up the infantry fighting between the sand ridge, held by the Confederates, and the ruins of the McMillian house. Colonel Edward Serrell depicted that particular section of the battlefield with this plate in his report: The fourth parallelContinue reading “Dantzler’s counterattack added four day delay to siege of Battery Wagner”