March 17, 1865: USS Bibb strikes torpedo – Confederate defenses of Charleston still a problem for Federals

Charleston fell to the Federals on February 18, 1865.  At that point, one might presume the war played out with relatively little activity around Charleston.   Well, I might, if I were not so preoccupied following Sherman’s march, offer a fair quantity of posts detailing the activity at Charleston and vicinity through the end of theContinue reading “March 17, 1865: USS Bibb strikes torpedo – Confederate defenses of Charleston still a problem for Federals”

January 16, 1865: Dahlgren sees “a sign of the end.”

Rear-Admiral John Dahlgren’s official diary as commander of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron was generally constrained to operational matters.  So one would expect mention of the USS Patapsco on January 16, 1865.  And there was mention, along with other matters: January 16 – General Sherman has sent me the key of the cipher of theContinue reading “January 16, 1865: Dahlgren sees “a sign of the end.””

“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″