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Hilton Head in Beaufort County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Thomas Fenwick Drayton
 
Thomas Fenwick Drayton Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, March 2008
1. Thomas Fenwick Drayton Marker
 
Inscription. Confederate Brig. Gen. Thomas F. Drayton was in command of this area at the time of nearby battle of Port Royal, November 7, 1861. A brother, Capt. Percival Drayton, commanded the Union warship Pocahontas at the same battle. Earlier, General Drayton had married Emma Catherine Pope, whose parents owned Fish Hall Plantation.
 
Erected 1985 by Beaufort County Council and Beaufort County Parks and Recreation Commission. (Marker Number 7-18.)
 
Location. 32° 14.732′ N, 80° 41.793′ W. Marker is in Hilton Head, South Carolina, in Beaufort County. Marker is at the intersection of Fish Haul Road and Trigger Fish Road, on the right when traveling east on Fish Haul Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hilton Head Island SC 29926, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fish Hall Plantation (here, next to this marker); Mitchelville Site (approx. 0.8 miles away); St. James Baptist Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); Fort Howell - 1864 (approx. 0.8 miles away); Fort Howell (approx. 0.8 miles away); Battle of Port Royal (approx. 1.3 miles away); Hilton Head (approx. 1.3 miles away); Steam Gun (approx. 1.3 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
 
Gen. T.F. Drayton CSA Photo, Click for full size
Wikipedia
2. Gen. T.F. Drayton CSA
 

1. Battle of Port Royal. Port Royal Sound was defended by Fort Beauregard to the north, on Bay Point on Eddings Island, with 13 guns, and by Fort Walker on Hilton Head to the south, mounting 23 guns (although only 16 were operational in the battle). The forts were less than 3 miles apart across the Broad River, strongly built, and manned by gunners who had been alerted for over a week of the impending attack. The Confederates also had a flotilla under Commodore Josiah Tattnall of three tugboats, mounting one gun each, and a converted river steamer. (Submitted on March 25, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. General Drayton. Drayton was an 1828 graduate of the United States Military Academy, where he was a classmate of Jefferson Davis, who became his lifelong friend. (Submitted on March 25, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

3. Capt. Drayton. Drayton was appointed a Midshipman in the Navy in December 1827 (Submitted on March 25, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

4. USS Pocahontas. Pocahontas operated along the coasts of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, performing blockade duty, reconnoitering rivers and inlets, and supporting amphibious operations. She helped to capture Tybee Island Georgia 24 November (Submitted on March 25, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

5. Drayton's Brigade. Tablet detailing the activities of Drayton's Brigade at the Battle of Antietam. (Submitted on March 26, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Capt. Percival Drayton, USN Photo, Click for full size
Wikipedia
3. Capt. Percival Drayton, USN
 
 
Thomas Fenwick Drayton ,from Interpretive marker at Ft.Walker site, Port Royal Plantation Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2009
4. Thomas Fenwick Drayton ,from Interpretive marker at Ft.Walker site, Port Royal Plantation
Left- General Thomas F. Drayton,C.S.A . at Fish Hall Plantation
Right- Commodore Percival Drayton, U.S.N. on the deck of the USS Hartford.

Thomas Fenwick Drayton, Brigadier General, C.S.A., a West Point graduate, and his brother, Commodore Percival Drayton, U.S.N., Captain of the USS Hartford, met at the outbreak of the Cival War, shook hands, and each went the way his conscience directed. On November 7, 1861, the brothers met in combat at the Battle of Port Royal. Commander Percival Drayton, on the Union gun boat Pocahontas, attacked Fort Walker of which General Thomas Drayton was in command.
[ site of Fort Walker; coordinates 32.232742 -80.677156 ]
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on March 25, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,103 times since then. Last updated on August 5, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 25, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4. submitted on February 10, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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