“… to convey a galvanic current and was floated by buoys.”: Technical intelligence of Confederate torpedoes

During war, adversaries often go to great lengths in order to gain knowledge of their enemy’s weapons and systems.  Technical information, particularly identification of weaknesses, often leads to tactics or weapons to counter the system.  It’s called Technical Intelligence or TECHINT, if you are into military acronyms.  Some of this knowledge comes from the “spy”Continue reading ““… to convey a galvanic current and was floated by buoys.”: Technical intelligence of Confederate torpedoes”

“The enemy floated a torpedo down”: Federal attempts to blast Fort Sumter to bits

At the start of the Third Major Bombardment of Fort Sumter, Major-General John Foster had in mind a plan to level the fort by way of a large explosive device.  “As soon as a good cut is made through the wall,” Foster wrote to Washington on July 7, 1864, “I shall float down against itContinue reading ““The enemy floated a torpedo down”: Federal attempts to blast Fort Sumter to bits”

150 years ago: Beauregard tries another ploy to snare a gunboat

General P.G.T. Beauregard long sought to repeat the success achieved with the ambush of the USS Isaac Smith in January 1863.  Various schemes, such as the Christmas Day ambush at Legareville, to capture or destroy a gunboat in the waters around Charleston came to naught.  Up January 1864, the promising torpedo boats had not broughtContinue reading “150 years ago: Beauregard tries another ploy to snare a gunboat”