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Tybee Island in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Battery Hambright

 
 
Battery Hambright Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, January 27, 2008
1. Battery Hambright Marker
Inscription. Cockspur Island saw one more military use after the War Between the States. During the Spanish American War, a small force was garrisoned here to protect the river mouth. They operated the controls for electric mines in the Savannah River, and manned guns in Fort Pulaski's demilume, and here, on the left, at Battery Hambright.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 32° 1.803′ N, 80° 53.555′ W. Marker is in Tybee Island, Georgia, in Chatham County. Click for map. Islands Expressway (U.S. 80), left when traveling east. Located at Fort Pulaski park. Marker is in this post office area: Tybee Island GA 31328, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Wesley Landing Site (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Changing Landscape (about 600 feet away); John Wesley (1703-1791) (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cockspur Island Lighthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Waving Girl (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cisterns of the Construction Village (approx. 0.2 miles away); Burial Sites of Immortal 600 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Immortal Six Hundred (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tybee Island.
 
More about this marker.
Battery Hambright Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. Battery Hambright Marker
Battery Hambright, built to protect the entrance of the Savannah River in the late 19th century during the Spanish-American War.
North Pier Trail:
This trail guides visitors through a scenic wooded environment and passes through remnants of Fort Pulaski's original construction village. Battery Hambright, built in the late 19th Century, and the historic north pier highlight this 1/4 mile trail.
 
Regarding Battery Hambright. Horace George Hambright was the West Point "Goat" of 1893. Graduating last in his class.
 
Also see . . .  Armstrong Atlantic State University; Tybee Island. The battery held two emplacements for three-inch rapid-fire guns. (Submitted on January 5, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. MilitaryNotable PlacesWar, Spanish-American
 
Battery Hambright Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, January 27, 2008
3. Battery Hambright
" Named after Horace George Hambright, a young officer who died on the North Dakota frontier in 1896, this battery's three-inch guns help guard the approach to the Savannah Harbor during the Spanish- American War. "
Battery Hambright -The battery held two emplacements for three-inch rapid-fire guns. Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, January 27, 2008
4. Battery Hambright -The battery held two emplacements for three-inch rapid-fire guns.
Battery Hambright, was part of the Fort Screven coastal fortification system intended to protect Savannah shipping lanes in anticipation of hostilities from Spain, which had a stronghold in its colony of Cuba. The battery, located inside a large protective mound of dirt, is one of six built for Fort Screven, and the only one on Cockspur Island. Construction started in June of 1899 after the Spanish-American War had ended, and the battery consisted of two 3-inch rapid-fire gun placements. Stretching across the Savannah River from the battery was a submarine minefield. It was electronically controlled by a mining casemate built in 1895 and located under a mound of earth near Fort Pulaski. The mines were anchored to the bottom of the river, but floating above them was a buoy. When passing ships struck the buoy, an electronic signal was sent to the casemate. The two or three men working in the casemate would determine if the ship was friend or foe. If the ship was an enemy, more than 500 pounds of explosives could be detonated.
Battery Hambright ,a Gun Position Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, January 27, 2008
5. Battery Hambright ,a Gun Position
One of two 3" masking pedestal mount guns were mounted here
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,214 times since then and 131 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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