Charleston Under Siege: The Impregnable City

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The History Press, 2010 - History - 158 pages
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Charleston was the prize that the Union army and navy desperately sought to capture. Union General Halleck, in writing to General W.T. Sherman, declared, “Should you capture Charleston, I hope that by some accident the place may be destroyed.” However, despite bringing to bear the full firepower of the U.S. Army and Navy, Charleston would not relent. The defense of Charleston employed every tool available to an outmanned Confederate army. Yet after 567 days of constant attack by infantry, gun batteries and the Union fleet, Charleston would not surrender. Only after the evacuation of the Confederate forces to reinforce General Joe Johnston in North Carolina did the Federal government gain control of the city. Join historian Doug Bostick as he tells the story of the siege of Charleston, the longest siege of the Civil War.
  

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Contents

Acknowledgements
7
Great Terror Prevailing
9
So Unworthy
19
Panic and Disaster Were Imminent
26
Completely at My Mercy
39
The Turrets Are Coming
57
Men Fell by the Scores
68
A Swamp Angel Will Preach
85
Must Be Held to the Bitter End
98
Cigar Steamer for Carrying Spar Torpedoes
107
Wonderful FishShaped Boat
113
Its Inhumane Threat
122
A Terrible HeartBreaking Awful Night
132
Bibliography
149
Index
153
About the Author
159

Hell Cant Be Worse
93

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About the author (2010)

Doug Bostick is a native of James Island and is an eighth-generation South Carolinian. He is a graduate of the College of Charleston and earned a master's degree from the University of South Carolina. Bostick is a former staff and faculty member of the University of South Carolina and the University of Maryland. He is the author of fifteen books, and his knowledge of history is enhanced by a raconteur's gift for storytelling. He speaks on a wide range of topics, including the history of the Sea Islands, South Carolina horse racing, the War Between the States, root work in South Carolina, Lowcountry folklore and the history of Lowcountry food. Bostick is the chairman of the First Shot Commemorative Committee, organizing an event planned for April 12, 2011.