“General Lee moved up the river from this point nearly to Ebenezer Creek…”: Federal joint operations on the Savannah River, January 1865

The roots of the Naval War College and our modern joint warfare training come from an obscure, often overlooked operation on the Savannah River in January 1865. The operation featured the unlikely situation where a Federal steamer named “General Robert E. Lee” linked up with forces under the command of Major-General Jefferson C. Davis.

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”

Blockade-Runner Chicora runs in, Blockader USS Pontiac damaged by shell: Another episode of the Charleston Blockade

Despite the heavy guns on Morris Island and numerous blockaders allocated to watch the entrance to Charleston harbor, blockade runners continued to slip in and out of Charleston.  Not to say it was an easy task, as the captains of the Flora, or the Presto, or the sloop Mary might attest.   On the night ofContinue reading “Blockade-Runner Chicora runs in, Blockader USS Pontiac damaged by shell: Another episode of the Charleston Blockade”