150 years ago: Beauregard aims to turn off the lights on Morris Island

On November 13, 1863, General P.G.T. Beauregard had just about enough of the Federal calcium light on Morris Island.  The light, which illuminated Fort Sumter most every night, put a crimp on Confederate night-time activity as they repaired damage from the day-time bombardments.  The light also aided aiming night fire from the Federal mortars.  SoContinue reading “150 years ago: Beauregard aims to turn off the lights on Morris Island”

Explosion in the turret: Parrott Rifle problems afloat

Parrott Rifles carry a bad reputation for failures.  I’ve mentioned and offered illustration of some failures on Morris Island (and there is more to come when time permits).  But some of those big Parrott rifles served on the monitors off shore.  The Army’s gun crews had the opportunity to place a barrier between them andContinue reading “Explosion in the turret: Parrott Rifle problems afloat”