1st S.C. Infantry Confederate Report Concerning the Federal Bombardment of Fort Moultrie in November 1864 – “The parapet of Fort Moultrie was very much cut up by the fire of the enemy” – “Some portions of the external slope has slided”
The story of Fort Moultrie is an exciting one. It was from this fort that Union Major Anderson withdrew at night and took refuge in Fort Sumter. The Confederacy held Moultrie all through the war until February 1865 and the approach of Union General Sherman as he marched through South Carolina.
In April of 1863 federal ironclads and shore batteries began the bombardment of Fort Moultrie and this continued for the next 22 months! This bombardment reduced the Fort TO A PILE OF RUBLE. The Rifled Cannon of the North proved superior to the brickwork fortification… but not to the endurance of the Confederate forces who continued to man Fort Moultrie.
Our document is headed, “Hd. Qrs. 2nd Sub Division November 29th 1864”. It is written to, “Lieut. S. C. Boylston A. A. A. Genl.” (1st South Carolina Regulars). It reads:
I have the honor to report that the parapet of Fort Moultrie was very much cut up by the fire of the enemy on yesterday. Some portions of the external slope has slided, and I would request that the Engineer be required to give it his immediate attention. Very Respectfully Your Obt. Servt. C. H. Rivers Capt. Comdg.”
It is SIGNED BY COL. WILLIAM BUTLER, 1st S.C. Regulars and S. C. Boylston, A.A.A.G. for Col. Rhett on the reverse:
Hd. Qrs. 2nd Sub Div.
Nov. 29th 1864
C. H. Rivers
Reports the condition of Fort Moultrie.Hd. Qrs. 2nd & 3rd Sub. Divisions
Sul. IsId. Nov. 29th 1864Respectfully forwarded
Wm. Butler Col. Comdg.
H. D. Qrs. Sullivan’s IsId.
Novbr. 29 /64
Resp. referred to Mr. Tennent, Eng. in charge
By Comd. of Col. Rhett
S. C. Boylston
A. A. A. G.
“Mr. Tennent” in July of 1864 became the Engineer in charge of all the defenses in Charleston Harbor east of Fort Sumter. Col. Rhett was the son of Robert Barnwell Rhett, who was known as the “Fire-Eater”, who attached himself to John C. Calhoun and raised the possibility of secession as early as 1826… and pushed for secession until it happened in December 1860!
Fort Moultrie is now a wonderful National Park with museum that can be visited today. This document describes a vivid picture of its history.
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