Defending Port Royal Sound: Garrisons at Hilton Head, Beaufort, Fort Pulaski, and St. Helena Island

As Major-General Quincy Gillmore departed the Department of the South in late April 1864, he left behind an assessment of the garrisons along the coast addressed to Brigadier-General John Hatch, his replacement.  In that assessment, Gillmore included a paragraph describing the needs to defend the vital anchorage at Port Royal Sound: The district around PortContinue reading “Defending Port Royal Sound: Garrisons at Hilton Head, Beaufort, Fort Pulaski, and St. Helena Island”

Grounding of the schooner Arletta and the “ingenuity of men who have a passion for whiskey”

Despite Federal strongholds outside Savannah, Georgia and presence of the blockading ships, blockade runners still attempted to make that port in the winter of 1864.  One such attempt occurred during the first days of March that year.  The 3rd Rhode Island Heavy Artillery, which garrisoned Fort Pulaski and Tybee Island at that time, saved detailsContinue reading “Grounding of the schooner Arletta and the “ingenuity of men who have a passion for whiskey””

150 Years Ago: Planning the Reduction of Fort Pulaski

In the fall of 1861, the commander of the Federal Expeditionary Force then at Port Royal, South Carolina, Brigadier General Thomas W. Sherman, looked at means to bock, if not completely secure, the port of Savannah, Georgia.  To accomplish this, Sherman had to deal with Fort Pulaski, on Cockspur Island in the Savannah River.  Sherman,Continue reading “150 Years Ago: Planning the Reduction of Fort Pulaski”