March 15, 1864: A “minor” bombardment of Fort Sumter to destroy the East Three Gun Battery

Early on March 15, 1864, Lieutenant-Colonel Stephen Elliott reported “all quiet this morning.”  That report proved premature.  Later that evening, Elliott amended that report: I have the honor to report that the enemy opened on cribwork on east angle at 10:30 a.m., firing 143 shots from two 100-pounders at middle battery; one 200-pounder and oneContinue reading “March 15, 1864: A “minor” bombardment of Fort Sumter to destroy the East Three Gun Battery”

Rearming of Fort Sumter continues with second three-gun battery

Last month, I detailed the design and construction of the first, often called the “right” three gun-battery at Fort Sumter.  With the start of the new year, Confederate engineers, at the urgings of the garrison commander Lieutenant-Colonel Stephen Elliott, began work on a second three-gun battery.  In this case, the battery would occupy casemates onContinue reading “Rearming of Fort Sumter continues with second three-gun battery”

A Defiant Thorn: The Three Gun Battery at Fort Sumter

The Second Major Bombardment of Fort Sumter petered out in the first week of December 1863.   For that week and into the second, the tally of shots fired was: December 1 – six mortar shells December 2 – 253 shots total; 180 direct fire, 73 mortar December 3 – 38 Parrott (or Columbiad) shots DecemberContinue reading “A Defiant Thorn: The Three Gun Battery at Fort Sumter”