Langley-Adams Library (Groveland)

Charleston under siege, the impregnable city, Douglas W. Bostick

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. --
Table Of Contents
"Great terror prevailing" -- "So unworthy" -- "Panic and disaster were imminent" -- "Completely at my mercy" -- "The turrets are coming" -- "Men fell by the scores" -- "A Swamp Angel will preach" -- "Hell can't be worse" -- "Must be held to the bitter end" -- "Cigar steamer for carrying spar torpedoes" -- "Wonderful fish-shaped boat" -- "Its inhumane threat" -- "A terrible, heart-breaking, awful night."
Literary Form
non fiction
Physical Description
158 pages, illustrations, maps, 23 cm.

Library Locations

  • Langley-Adams Library (Groveland)

    185 Main Street, Groveland, MA, 01834, US