“This leaves only one breaching gun… that can be used”: Report on The Third Major Bombardment

On August 1, 1864, Lieutenant-Colonel William Ames provided an update on the progress of the Third Major Bombardment of Fort Sumter, adding to his report covering the period up to July 22: I have the honor to state that since my last report of July 22, the firing upon Fort Sumter has been continued. TheContinue reading ““This leaves only one breaching gun… that can be used”: Report on The Third Major Bombardment”

“The right angle of the fort has been cut away”: Progress report of Fort Sumter bombardment

On July 26, 1864, Major-General John Foster mentioned the need for a report on the progress of the Third Major Bombardment of Fort Sumter.  On the following day, Lieutenant-Colonel William Ames, 3rd Rhode Island Heavy Artillery and Chief of Artillery for the Northern District, Department of the South, provided that report.  Ames addressed his reportContinue reading ““The right angle of the fort has been cut away”: Progress report of Fort Sumter bombardment”

“Thirty shells struck the hull of the steamer….”: End of the hard-luck Etiwan

When the sun rose on June 7, 1864, the Federals on Morris Island spotted a new target in Charleston harbor.  Lieutenant-Colonel William Ames, 3rd Rhode Island Heavy Artillery, reported: I have the honor to report that at daylight on June 7, a small river steamer was discovered from Fort Putnam aground on a shoal 3,200Continue reading ““Thirty shells struck the hull of the steamer….”: End of the hard-luck Etiwan”