Operations against Charleston, February 9-13, 1865, Part 2: The Last Battles about Charleston

While Major-General William T. Sherman’s forces in the interior of South Carolina were working across the South Fork of the Edisto River on February 10, 1865, outside Charleston, a small Federal force was mounting one of the many demonstrations directed to keep Confederate forces pinned to the coast.  The demonstration was, to say the least,Continue reading “Operations against Charleston, February 9-13, 1865, Part 2: The Last Battles about Charleston”

“We struck and exploded a large torpedo”: Loss of the Patapsco, Part 2

Outside Charleston, the evening of January 15, 1865 began as so many other evenings under the blockade.  As the sun sat behind Charleston, the blockaders moved to their nighttime stations.  In the main ship channel, the USS Patapsco and USS Lehigh proceeded to take up station for their turn as picket monitors.  However, Lieutenant-Commander StephenContinue reading ““We struck and exploded a large torpedo”: Loss of the Patapsco, Part 2″

“I then allowed the Patapsco to drift up with the tide”: The loss of the Patapsco, Part 1

From the Navy’s perspective, Major-General William T. Sherman’s plans for South Carolina were somewhat mundane.  As Sherman plotted a line of march toward the center of the state, he planned to bypass Charleston.  For Rear-Admiral John Dahlgren, this meant the prize which he’d been assigned, when assuming command of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron inContinue reading ““I then allowed the Patapsco to drift up with the tide”: The loss of the Patapsco, Part 1″