Loss of Charleston’s floating battery

The December 21, 1863 edition of the New York Daily Tribune ran a column with news “From the Department of the South.”  The column’s leaders ran, “The Loss of the Weehawken – Explosion-Fire in Fort Sumter – Harbor Obstructions Washing Ashore – Shelling of Charleston – The Steamer Planter Still With Us – Discovery ofContinue reading “Loss of Charleston’s floating battery”

150 years ago: “The sad disaster that befell the Weehawken”

December 6, 1863 started as a quiet day outside Charleston.  The Federals on Morris Island fired a handful of shells at Sullivan’s Island.  Brigadier-General Quincy Gillmore had already closed the second great bombardment of Fort Sumter.  The focus of the army’s guns was now generally the fortifications around Charleston, and Charleston itself.  But otherwise bothContinue reading “150 years ago: “The sad disaster that befell the Weehawken””

Monitors aground: A recurring theme at the entrance to Charleston harbor

Earlier today I wrote about the grounding of the USS Lehigh, 150 years ago this evening.  Observers in Fort Moultrie reported the ironclad was 2,300 yards distant the following morning.  So the general location of the Lehigh when grounding is depicted in the blue circle here: You may recall that on September 7, 1863, theContinue reading “Monitors aground: A recurring theme at the entrance to Charleston harbor”