February 12-17, 1865: Federal attempts at Bull’s Bay…. foiled by shallow water and storms

Often in the study of amphibious operations, we read about the difficulties gaining the last thousand yards or so where the ocean transitions to the land.  Natural obstacles often pose more problems than anything man can devise.  And thus much of the complication to simply landing a military force on a hostile shore.  In FebruaryContinue reading “February 12-17, 1865: Federal attempts at Bull’s Bay…. foiled by shallow water and storms”

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”

Turpentine and rosin on the White Oak River: Another Federal raid on the Georgia Coast

In earlier posts I’ve mentioned the Federal naval forces making raids along the Georgia coast through the mid-summer days of 1864 (see – Back River, Ebenezer Church, and South Newport).  But the blockaders off the Georgia coast seemed to step this up in the last days of August.  On August 22, 1864 another party, ledContinue reading “Turpentine and rosin on the White Oak River: Another Federal raid on the Georgia Coast”