Confederate raid on Port Royal Island foiled by “contretemps”

I’ve mentioned Captain J.J. Magee, of the 7th South Carolina Cavalry (the Rutledge Mounted Rifles), as one of the more effective Confederate scouts in South Carolina.  One of his last actions in South Carolina, before transferred to Virginia later that spring, was an attempted raid on Port Royal Island.  His commander, Brigadier General William S.Continue reading “Confederate raid on Port Royal Island foiled by “contretemps””

“The object of the expedition was fully accomplished”: Joint operation along Skull Creek

Through much of the Civil War, Skull Creek was the perimeter line for the Federal base on Hilton Head Island.  The creek connects Broad River with Calibogue River, thus creating the waterway separating the island.  The marshes and brackish water creeks provided a buffer between the Federal positions and Confederate posts further inland.  But occasionallyContinue reading ““The object of the expedition was fully accomplished”: Joint operation along Skull Creek”