“6,000 bayonets flashed in the rays of the departing sun”: Seymour’s Charge on Battery Wagner

Let’s talk memory for a moment. I suspect this is what most readers recall when the July 18, 1863 assault on Battery Wagner comes up in conversation: The other day Kevin Levin refered to this action as “the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry’s unsuccessful assault at Battery Wagner.” While I certainly agree with Kevin’s broader pointContinue reading ““6,000 bayonets flashed in the rays of the departing sun”: Seymour’s Charge on Battery Wagner”

Masked Batteries on Folly Island: First steps in Gillmore’s offensive

Let me return to the barrier islands outside Charleston. By the first week of July 1863, the front lines remained much as they stood earlier in April. However, inside those lines, Brigadier-General Quincy Gillmore increased the strength of the Folly Island garrison. By July 6 the force under the command of Brigadier-General Truman Seymour includedContinue reading “Masked Batteries on Folly Island: First steps in Gillmore’s offensive”

Hold Folly Island without attracting attention: The stalemate of April outside Charleston, Part 1

After the Ironclad attack of April 7, 1863, major activity around Charleston slowed. Several reasons for this. Admiral Samuel DuPont was, naturally, reluctant to expose the ironclads again. General David Hunter was content to leave the status quo. On the Confederate side, in spite of the pleas of General P.G.T. Beauregard, the focus shifted toContinue reading “Hold Folly Island without attracting attention: The stalemate of April outside Charleston, Part 1”