Distribution of Vessels, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, January 1, 1865

During the war the commanders of the Navy’s operating squadrons provided periodic reports on the assignments of vessels in their respective commands.  Rear-Admiral John Dahlgren did so twice a month (with some variance, but more or less on the 1st and 15th of each month).  As was the practice, he submitted a report on JanuaryContinue reading “Distribution of Vessels, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, January 1, 1865”

Sacking Liberty County: “I pray not for revenge upon you, but I pray daily for deliverance from you”

Of all the areas visited by Major-General William T. Sherman’s armies on the March to the Sea (save perhaps Atlanta itself) Liberty County, Georgia had the worst experience. While other places along the march experienced “Yankees” for at most a few days, the foragers remained in Liberty County for nearly two months – from theContinue reading “Sacking Liberty County: “I pray not for revenge upon you, but I pray daily for deliverance from you””

The “Great Escape Stories”: Federal prisoners picked up on the South Carolina coast

From a “150 years ago” perspective, there are lots of threads to follow concerning prisoners – the Charleston-Savannah sector of the war in particular.  Reviewing my notes last month, I figured that was a good topic to highlight in contrast to the Third Major Bombardment (as it becomes monotonous to see titles like “200 moreContinue reading “The “Great Escape Stories”: Federal prisoners picked up on the South Carolina coast”