Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Civil War Oddities #79

June 1862 saw Union Major General David D. Hunter embark on a special mission. Eager to free Southern slaves, he led a force against Secessionville, South Carolina. There he suffered so stunning a defeat that he suspended his military operation.

Upon returning to his base at Hilton Head, South Carolina by means of a military steamer, the thwarted abolitionist received a special kind of consolation: his wife was waiting for him at the pier of the one-time Confederate stronghold.