I am actually on the advertisement. Behind and to the right of Georgia State Flag. This picture was taken last year at the 2015 event. We were marching to the Memorial Service that was held at the church in Clinton, GA.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Just had the opportunity to stop here this past weekend. I have to say that i enjoyed it.
Fort Gaines Historic Site
51 Bienville Blvd
Dauphin Island, Alabama 36528
Situated on the tip of Dauphin Island at the entrance to Mobile Bay, Alabama, sits Fort Gaines. The fort was designed by General Simon Bernard. Construction was started in 1819 but was put on hold because of costs and the belief that the entrance to the harbor was too shallow to warrant the construction of a fort. In 1845 funds were made available and the work was completed by 1861. Needless to say, On August 5, 1864, The Union Navy under the command of Admiral David Farragut lead his fleet of ships into the harbor running the defenses of both Fort Gaines and Fort Morgan which is across the entrance at 3 miles distant.In hindsight, he proved that the harbor could be attacked. The Guns from both forts, the mine field at the harbor entrance, and the small squadron of ships including the CSS Tennessee put up a good fight.
|The North East bastion. Looking out into the Harbor.|
|Col. Charles D Anderson, commander of the Fort at the time of the battle.|
|The architecture is what I find amazing. A structure built so long ago still standing.|
|The Officers Mess hall.|
|Displays in the Fort Museum.|
|Uniform of the 21st Alabama Infantry Regt. This unit garrisoned both Fort Gaines and Fort Morgan.|
|Three miles in the distance, Fort Morgan sits.|
|Directly off in the distance, Sand Island Lighthouse can be seen. The area of the lighthouse, built in 1838, is where the Union Navy formed up before they made their attack run.|
|The Fort from the outside.|
|The drive back to the mainland from Dauphin Island.|
Saturday, April 16, 2016
|Yorktown on the peninsula.|
BG. William H.T. Brooks Brigade
3rd VT Inf 5 stands
4th VT Inf 5 stands
7th VT Inf 6 stands
BG Howell Cobb
15th NC Inf 5 stands
7th GA Inf 6 stands
2nd LA BN (Coppens Zouaves) 7stands
General George McClellan decided on a bold plan to end the war and Capture Richmond. Fearing that a direct rout overland would be a costly affair, He chose to move his army by water and landing on the Peninsula and marching into Richmond through the "backdoor." In early march 1862, The Army of the Potomac, already had 50,000 men at Fort Monroe on the Virginia Peninsula. This number grew to 121,500 soldiers before any shots were fired. McClellan effectively commanded the largest army ever assembled on the North American Continent. His command was organized into three corps and other supporting units.On April 4. McClellan ordered the advance up the Peninsula. on April 5, IV Corps commander BG Erasmus Keyes made initial contact with Confederate forces in defensive positions at Lee's Mill on the Warwick River. The Confederate Commander, MG John Magruder, was a fan of theatrics. He ordered several units to march in and out of clearings in the woods in order to give the appearance of endless numbers of defenders. This tactic worked and The "Little Napoleon" decided on waiting for his siege cannons to come up from the coast. McClellan was convinced he was facing a force that was numerically superior to his force. In fact Magruder only had 11,000 men on the peninsula. So settled both armies on the defenses around Yorktown Virginia, with McClellan waiting for his heavy siege cannons and mortars to be in place before making an assault. On April 16th Federal forces probed in force the Confederate defenses around Dam No. 1, on the Warwick River by Lee's Mill.
|Turn 1. Federal Initiative. BG Brooks fails to order his men forward. the Colonels take it upon themselves to move the men forward. Only the 7th VT Infantry decide to hold position. We can see the defenses along the north bank of the river.|
|General Magruder with General Howell Cobb riding up to the defenses on the Warwick River.|
|"This line must be held, We must buy Richmond time to gather reinforcements. All the world is a stage and we have a part to play."|
|Th Confederate troops dug in on the north side of the Warwick River.|
|Moving through the woods towards Lee's Mill.|
|Turn 4. Federal Initiative. The 3rd Vermont and the 15th North Carolina continue to "exchange pleasantries." The rest of the Vermont Brigade moves forward. the 4th Vermont forced to make a right oblique march to get around the Mill|
|Turn 7. Confederate Initiative. Several of the Regiments hang on by a thread. The casualties have piled up. What started off as a mild skirmish and probing the defenses has turned into a general assault on this line.|
~Historical Outcome~ When the Union Army made it to the Warwick Line they were stopped in place by their commander. General McClellan was confused by the troop movements and reports he was receiving from the front line. His opponent,Major General John B. Magruder, was an amateur actor before the war. His flare for the dramatic saved the Confederate army. He ordered Infantry and artillery to move along the line in a loud and boisterous fashion so the Union observers could see. Confederate soldiers would march in and out of clearings, deploy and regroup. march and redeploy all along the line. This made McClellan and his Intelligence operatives, Allan Pinkerton, over estimate the Confederate strength.
McClellan may have doubted his numerical strength but he did not doubt the strength of his artillery. His time serving as an military observer in the Crimean War in 1855, and witnessing the siege of Sevastopol, enforced his belief in the the power of siege warfare. This set the stage for the siege of Yorktown as the infantry dug in and faced each other and McClellan moved his Siege guns forward into position.
The Union Army Balloon Corps with aeronaut Professor Thaddeus Lowe used two balloons, the Intrepid and the Constitution, to perform aerial reconnaissance. On April 11, the Intrepid carried Brig Gen Fitz John Porter aloft but winds caused the balloon to drift over enemy lines much to the concern of the Union Army. a wind change brought the hapless Porter back to his own lines. On the Confederate side, Captain John Bryan experienced a similar incident during his observations from a Confederate balloon over the Yorktown lines.