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Hilton Head Island in Beaufort County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Two Gallant Gentlemen from South Carolina

 
 
Two Gallent Gentlemen from South Carolina Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 7, 2009
1. Two Gallent Gentlemen from South Carolina Marker
"Tis here in different paths the way divides"
Inscription. To honor the memory of two gallant gentleman of South Carolina. Thomas Fenwick Drayton; Brigadier-General, C.S.A. and his brother Commodore Percival Drayton, U.S.N., Captain of U.S.S. Hartford, and later the first Chief of Naval Operations.
The brothers met at the outbreak of hostilities, shook hands, and each went the way his
conscience directed.

Thomas elected to defend his state. Percival
to follow his flag.

On November 7, 1861 the brothers met in battle. Commander Percival Drayton, on the gunboat Pocahontas, attacked Fort Walker on which General Thomas Drayton was in command.
 
Erected 1961.
 
Location. 32° 14.107′ N, 80° 40.668′ W. Marker is in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, in Beaufort County. Marker is on Fort Walker Drive. Click for map. Located near Circle at Catesby Lane ~ Located on Port Royal Plantation - a secure Gated Community- Restricted access. Marker is in this post office area: Hilton Head Island SC 29928, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hilton Head (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Port Royal (within shouting distance of this marker); Steam Gun
Bas Relief : General Thomas Fenwick Drayton image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud
2. Bas Relief : General Thomas Fenwick Drayton
(within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Walker (approx. 0.2 miles away); "Robbers Row" (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. James Baptist Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); Mitchelville Site (approx. 0.8 miles away); Fort Howell - 1864 (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Hilton Head Island.
 
Also see . . .
1. General Drayton, Wikipedia entry. 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 February 26, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Commadore Drayton, Wikipedia entry. Drayton was appointed a Midshipman in the Navy in December 1827 (Submitted on February 26, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

3. USS 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 February 26, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

4. Battle of Port Royal.
Bas relief: Commodore Percival Drayton image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud
3. Bas relief: Commodore Percival Drayton
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 February 26, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
Interpretive Markers along Ft. Walker Dr. image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2009
4. Interpretive Markers along Ft. Walker Dr.
General Drayton image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia
5. General Drayton
Commadore Drayton image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia
6. Commadore Drayton
From Interpretive Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 6, 2009
7. From Interpretive Marker
This pivot gun on the U.S. gunboat, "Pocahontas", was one of those which Captain Percival Drayton, U.S.N., used so effectively in 1861 shelling of Fort Walker, the fort commanded by his brother, General Thomas F. Drayton, C.S.A. The Draytons owned Fish Hall Plantation on Hilton Head Island, only a mile or so from the fort.
Interpretive Marker along Ft. Walker Drive, image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 6, 2009
8. Interpretive Marker along Ft. Walker Drive,
The Charleston and Savannah Railroad, today part of the Seaboard Coast Line System, (today, CSX) was built in 1853 by General Thomas Fenwick Drayton. General Drayton in 1838 married Emma Pope, heiress of Fish Hall Plantation, located approximately one mile across the marsh northwest of this point. The C&S Railroad remained an important Confederate rail link until early 1865 despite many Union attempts to sever it.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,111 times since then and 159 times this year. Last updated on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. 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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