Soldiers’ Directory of Public Offices, Charleston, January 1864

On January 1, 1864, the Charleston Courier ran this listing of public offices on column six of the first page: A lengthy list, but providing locations – in some cases the address – of all the important military offices, some government offices, and several hospitals. Several years ago, when first encountering, I marked this ofContinue reading “Soldiers’ Directory of Public Offices, Charleston, January 1864”

4,041 negroes at work on Charleston defenses on November 25, 1863

In earlier posts, I’ve detailed the fortifications built through the late summer and early fall around Charleston, particularly James Island and Sullivan’s Island, as Confederate leaders adjusted to the Federal occupation of Morris Island.  At points I alluded to the complaints by Confederate officers regarding labor shortages. If one counted the actual shovel-fulls of dirt,Continue reading “4,041 negroes at work on Charleston defenses on November 25, 1863”

150 years ago: “labor of the proper kind cannot be secured” for Morris Island

On May 24, 1863 Brigadier-General Roswell Ripley complained of the “dilatory” pace of work fortifying Morris Island.  Ripley figured, as just about everyone from private up to full General might agree, the next step by the Federal forces outside Charleston would be an attempt to take Morris Island.  Ripley pinned the delay on the engineersContinue reading “150 years ago: “labor of the proper kind cannot be secured” for Morris Island”