Category Archives: Charleston

July 24, 1865: Black and white in Charleston

Friction between black and white Union troops in Charleston. CHARLESTON, S.C., Saturday, July 15, 1865. The people of Charleston have just passed through a fiery ordeal. For two weeks past, until within the last three days, it has been dangerous … Continue reading

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March 30, 1865: Beecher wants to go to Charleston

The prominent abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher is anxious to go to Charleston for the planned celebration of the recapture of Fort Sumter. It’s a big occasion, and he seems a bit impatient with the Secretary of War for not getting … Continue reading

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January 15, 1865: Sherman’s mild policies in Savannah

The New York Times runs a report from a Charleston paper about the situation at Savannah. Even in Charleston, they admit that he hasn’t been harsh to them. Of course, the poor deluded blacks have come to their senses and … Continue reading

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January 11, 1865: Good plan, Hardee

Hardee explained to Davis a few days ago (see link below) that he was capable only of defending Charleston against Sherman, and even that only if he could get some more troops. Here Davis responds that this plan will work … Continue reading

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January 10, 1865: Defending the Stono

The engineers in South Carolina discuss how they might defend against a crossing of the Stono river from the south. Official Records: OFFICE OF CHIEF ENGINEER, DEPT. OF SOUTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA, AND FLORIDA, Charleston, S. C, January 10, 1865. Major … Continue reading

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January 8, 1865: Hardee on the defensive

Hardee explains his situation to Jefferson Davis — he lacks the troops to do anything except try to defend Charleston against Sherman’s forces. And for that matter, he needs more troops even to manage that, and they don’t appear to … Continue reading

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January 7, 1865: Those filthy Yankees

Released Union prisoners trading rags for clothes. ********************************************************************* The Richmond Daily Dispatch runs an article about the Confederate prison camp at Florence, South Carolina. They’re treating the prisoners well, but they keep dying from “their own natural filthiness.” And of … Continue reading

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January 1, 1865: That accursed hot bed of treason

From the Nashville Union, a fervent wish for Sherman to take the war to the place where it began. There are some choice phrases here, and it foreshadows the attitudes of the Union soldiers when they cross the border into … Continue reading

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