February 18, 1865: “The City of Charleston and its defenses came into our possession this morning”

While Federal attention was focused on attracting Confederate attention to Bull’s Bay, on Morris Island, Brigadier-General Alexander Schimmelfennig remained alert to the possibility that the Confederates would, as many assumed, slip out of Charleston. As had been the case since 1863, the Federal signal officers on Morris Island were watching, transcribing, and deciphering messages sentContinue reading “February 18, 1865: “The City of Charleston and its defenses came into our possession this morning””

Re-enforcements for the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron

The fall of Fort Fisher allowed the Navy to shift some weight around on the Atlantic coast.  At the start of the month the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron (NABS) had almost sixty warships concentrated at the mouth of the Cape Fear River.  And with the fall of the bastion, the Federals could reduce that commitment. Continue reading “Re-enforcements for the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron”