“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Morris Island


3/4 Mile South

Morris Island Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, 1990
1. Morris Island Marker
Inscription. Site of three Confederate batteries in the initial attack, 1861. Confederate forces evacuated the island September 7, 1863, after a 58-day siege. Federal batteries on Morris Island bombarded Fort Sumter from 1863 to 1865.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 32° 45.134′ N, 79° 52.478′ W. Marker was near Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Click for map. Marker is on Fort Sumter Island in Charleston Harbor. It is accessible only by boat, primarily via the National Park Service's concessionaire ferry, departing from its visitor education center at 340 Concord Street, Charleston, SC. Marker was in this post office area: Charleston SC 29412, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. A different marker also named Morris Island (here, next to this marker); Flags of the Fort (a few steps from this marker); Fort Johnson (a few steps from this marker); Major Robert Anderson (a few steps from this marker); Charleston Besieged (a few steps from this marker); Fort Moultrie
Morris Island Marker, Fort Sumter National Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, 1990
2. Morris Island Marker, Fort Sumter National Monument
Morris Island, the uninhabited former site of the formidable Confederate bastion known as Fort (or "Battery") Wagner, is visible in the distance, 3/4 mile to the south.
(a few steps from this marker); 8-inch (200 Pounder) Parrott (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery Huger (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Charleston.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Burial site of the Immortal Six Hundred
Also see . . .
1. Morris Island. (Submitted on May 30, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Second Battle of Fort Wagner. (Submitted on May 30, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. Battery Wagner. The site of the battery, while reduced somewhat due to shore erosion, is the focus of a Civil War Preservation Trust effort. (Submitted on May 31, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Additional keywords. Fort Wagner; Battery Wagner; 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry; Glory; William H. Carney; Quincy Gillmore; Robert Gould Shaw; Immortal Six Hundred; USCT; U.S. Colored Troops.
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
"The Storming of Fort Wagner" - lithograph by Kurz & Allison, 1890 Photo, Click for full size
3. "The Storming of Fort Wagner" - lithograph by Kurz & Allison, 1890
depicting the death of the Col. Robert Gould Shaw, commanding officer of the 54th M.V.I. on Morris Island, July 18, 1863.
Sgt. William H. Carney of New Bedford, Mass., Photo, Click for full size
circa 1900
4. Sgt. William H. Carney of New Bedford, Mass.,
the 54th's second flag bearer and its first Medal of Honor recipient - for his heroism at Fort Wagner, Morris Island, S.C.
Col. Robert Gould Shaw Photo, Click for full size
5. Col. Robert Gould Shaw
National Gallery of Art.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 4,746 times since then. Last updated on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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