Another “Truman Seymour plan”: Close Cape Fear soon!

Brigadier-General Truman Seymour strikes me as an “idea man.” In an earlier blog post, we saw his proposal to disable the Confederate rail system by advancing behind Charleston.  A few weeks later, Seymour and Captain C.B. Reese, an engineer, conducted a reconnaissance of the Wilmington, North Carolina area.  Of course Wilmington was a bit outsideContinue reading “Another “Truman Seymour plan”: Close Cape Fear soon!”

“delay is annoying, failure would be more so.”: Secretary Wells weighs in on Charleston

November 2, 1863 was an active day around Charleston by any measure.  The Confederate President gave a speech in the city.  The Federals continued their bombardment of Fort Sumter.  One of the Navy’s ironclads suffered a premature explosion during the bombardment.  And just into the evening, a naval officer made a small reconnaissance of FortContinue reading ““delay is annoying, failure would be more so.”: Secretary Wells weighs in on Charleston”

A bold plan against the Confederate railroads: Seymour looks towards Branchville

When South Carolina seceded, Truman Seymour was a thirty-seven year old captain at the start of the war, stationed at Fort Moultrie.  He was among those who manned Fort Sumter during the opening battle of the war.  In the fall of 1862, he returned to serve as Major-General David Hunter’s Chief of Staff.  He’d takenContinue reading “A bold plan against the Confederate railroads: Seymour looks towards Branchville”