July 10, 1864: One more go at Fort Johnson

After the failed Federal assault against Fort Johnson on July 3, the Confederates fully expected a second attempt.  On July 6, Federal signaleers intercepted several messages passing alarms.  The Confederates saw men embarking boats at the old Swamp Angel Battery.  From their perspective this could only mean another Federal assault was in the works. Major-GeneralContinue reading “July 10, 1864: One more go at Fort Johnson”

July 5, 1864: The “very remarkable” practice of Dahlgren’s 50-pdr rifle

July 5, 1864 brought the fourth straight day that Federals and Confederates sparred on the west end of James Island.  Though not a full scale engagement by Civil War standards, the firing at times involved some of the heaviest weapons of the war. Anchoring the right of the Confederate lines was Battery Pringle with oneContinue reading “July 5, 1864: The “very remarkable” practice of Dahlgren’s 50-pdr rifle”

“The enemy opened to-day on Secessionville”: Demonstrations in front of Charleston

While fighting continued at Spotsylvania, Virginia on May 10, 1864, a minor little bombardment took place outside Charleston, South Carolina.  Brigadier-General William Taliaferro reported: Royall’s, May 10, 1864–9.25 p.m. Capt. H. W. Feilden,  Assistant Adjutant-General: Colonel Simonton reports that to-day two barges came from Folly Island with about 20 men, and landed them at theContinue reading ““The enemy opened to-day on Secessionville”: Demonstrations in front of Charleston”