Fort Johnston Photo Analysis, Part VI: A look across the front of the fort, keys to the interior

This morning, let us continue the virtual walk in front of Fort Johnson, as it stood in the spring of 1865.  Our next, and last stop outside the fort, is here: I have labeled this photo’s location as FJ5 on the diagram below: This perspective gives us a wide view of the entire front ofContinue reading “Fort Johnston Photo Analysis, Part VI: A look across the front of the fort, keys to the interior”

“There are many thousands confined at southern points”: Messages from the prisoners in Charleston

On July 1, 1864, Major-General Samuel Jones, commanding Confederate forces across South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, forwarded a pair of letters to his Federal counterpart, Major-General John Foster, through the lines at Hilton Head, South Carolina.  Theses were forwarded messages from the five generals being held in Charleston at that time.  The first of theseContinue reading ““There are many thousands confined at southern points”: Messages from the prisoners in Charleston”

“Five generals and 45 field officers” held in Charleston: Sam Jones employs a human shield

Ever since the  late days of August 1863, Charleston was “under the guns” in the true since of the expression.  The bombardment of the city ceased after the Swamp Angel burst on August 23, and the Federals concentrated on finishing the work on Morris Island.  But the Federals resumed the bombardment that fall, with theContinue reading ““Five generals and 45 field officers” held in Charleston: Sam Jones employs a human shield”