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Hilton Head Island in Beaufort County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Fort Walker
 
Fort Walker Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, February 6, 2009
1. Fort Walker Marker
 
Inscription. Hastily built in 1861 to protect the S.C. coast against Union attack, Fort Walker, commanded by Col. William C. Heyward, bore the brunt of the Union attack on November 7, 1861, when after 4½ hours, with only 3 guns left serviceable and ammunition almost gone, the troops under Gen. Thomas F. Drayton were forced to withdraw from the island. Rebuilt by Union forces, it was renamed Fort Welles.
 
Erected 1961 by Hilton Head Island Historical Society. (Marker Number 7-9.)
 
Location. 32° 13.965′ N, 80° 40.629′ W. Marker is in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, in Beaufort County. Marker is on Fort Walker Drive, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Between N. Port Royal Drive & Steam Gun Place, at 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. "Robbers Row" (a few steps from this marker); Hilton Head (approx. 0.2 miles away); Two Gallant Gentlemen from South Carolina (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle of Port Royal (approx. 0.2 miles away); Steam Gun (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Sherman (approx. mile away); St. James Baptist Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); Mitchelville Site (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Hilton Head Island.
 
Fort Walker Marker with Port Royal Sound in background Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, February 2009
2. Fort Walker Marker with Port Royal Sound in background
 

 
More about this marker. Fort Walker - In 1861, soon after South Carolina seceded from the Union, Fort Walker was established by the Confederate Army near the end of what is now Fort Walker Drive.
 
Additional comments.
1. Limited access to markers on Port Royal Plantation
This marker and several others are in Port Royal Plantation, which is a gated community. Access can be gained by way of a weekly tour offered by The Coastal Discovery Museum. Call them at 843-689-6767 or visit the web site at www.coastaldiscovery.org
    — Submitted February 17, 2011, by Don Hogan of Milton, Georgia.
 
Fort Walker Marker with Interpretive markers along Ft. Walker Drive Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, February 6, 2009
3. Fort Walker Marker with Interpretive markers along Ft. Walker Drive
 
 
Fort Walker Interpretive Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, February 6, 2009
4. Fort Walker Interpretive Marker
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.
 
 
additional Fort Walker Interpretive Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, February 6, 2009
5. additional Fort Walker 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.
 
 
Fort Walker Interpretive Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, February 6, 2009
6. Fort Walker Interpretive Marker
Looking like a picturesque corner of a New England resort, the office of the Chief Commissary os Subsistence and its neighboring Officers Quarters lined the beach immediately west of the 1200 foot Port Royal Sound Army pier. This building approximately one mile northeast from this point on the beach.
 
 
Fort Walker Line of Union ships Port Royal Interpretive Marker Photo, Click for full size
The Hilton Head Island Historical Society, `
7. Fort Walker Line of Union ships Port Royal Interpretive Marker
This map shows clearly the elliptical course followed by the line of Union battleships as they shelled first Fort Walker and the Fort Beauregard. Separate dotted line shows course of the "Pocahontas" used by the Union to enfilade Fort Walker from close inshore.
 
 
Fort Walker earthworks remains as seen today Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, February 6, 2009
8. Fort Walker earthworks remains as seen today
 
 
Fort Walker earthworks Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, February 6, 2009
9. Fort Walker earthworks
 
 
Fort Walker earthworks Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, February 6, 2009
10. Fort Walker earthworks
 
 
Fort Walker beach were Union troops landed ashore Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, February 6, 2009
11. Fort Walker beach were Union troops landed ashore
Port Royal Sound and site of Fort Beauregard in background
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on February 28, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 5,936 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 28, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   5. submitted on April 16, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   6. submitted on February 28, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   7. submitted on August 30, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on February 28, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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