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James Island in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Battery Cheves

 
 
Battery Cheves Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2010
1. Battery Cheves Marker
Inscription. (Front text)
This four-gun Confederate artillery battery was one of several earthworks built on the southeastern shore of James Island in the summer of 1863. Built between Battery Simkins and Battery Haskell, this battery was named for Capt. Langdon Cheves, an engineer who designed Battery Wagner on Morris Island and who was killed during the Federal assault there on July 10, 1863.

(Reverse text)
The battery assisted in the defense of James and Morris Islands, and its armament in 1863 was four 8-inch smoothbore naval guns. A magazine explosion on September 15, 1863 killed five men and wounded two. Battery Cheves and the rest of Charleston’s defenses were evacuated February 17, 1865. The battery was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
 
Erected 2008 by The South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust. (Marker Number 10-59.)
 
Location. 32° 44.267′ N, 79° 54.43′ W. Marker is in James Island, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on Robert E. Lee Blvd, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located South of Preston Road. Marker is in this post office area: Charleston SC 29412, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of
Battery Cheves Marker, reverse side image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 6, 2010
2. Battery Cheves Marker, reverse side
this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battery Haskell (approx. 0.7 miles away); Marshlands House (approx. one mile away); Site of Fort Johnson (approx. 1.1 miles away); The First Shot of the War of Secession (approx. 1.1 miles away); Grice Marine Laboratory (approx. 1.1 miles away); Redoubt Number 3 (approx. 2 miles away); Sally Port (approx. 2.1 miles away); Powder Magazine (approx. 2.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in James Island.
 
Regarding Battery Cheves. Battery Cheves was built in 1863 and named for Capt. Langdon Cheves, Confederate engineer killed at Morris Island in 1863. This battery was designed to protect the area between Fort Johnson and Battery Haskell from amphibious attack coming from Morris Island. Cheves mounted two pieces of heavy artillery at the time of capture. Battery Cheves is located on the southeastern shore of James Island in a suburban residential area. A simple open battery with four gun emplacements, Battery Cheves is about 280 feel long with a parapet 12.5 feet high and a powder magazine about 15 feet high. The total position is approximately 240 feet deep. It is currently completely obscured by a dense growth of vegetation. Listed in the National Register August 11, 1982. (Historic Resources of Civil War Defenses of Charleston, 1861-1865)
 
Also see . . .
Battery Cheves Marker seen at southern portion of Robert E. Lee Blvd image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 6, 2010
3. Battery Cheves Marker seen at southern portion of Robert E. Lee Blvd
 Capt Langdon Cheves, Jr. Cheves was solicited to oversee the choosing of the location, the engineering and construction of Battery Wagner. The garrison would become paramount in the defense of Charleston against the land forces.... (Submitted on April 14, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Battery Cheves and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 6, 2010
4. Battery Cheves and Marker
National Register of Historic Places: Battery Cheves *** (added 1982 - Structure - #82003841)
Battery Cheves Map image. Click for full size.
South Carolina Department of Archives and History.
5. Battery Cheves Map
Capt. Cheves, C.S.A. image. Click for full size.
Photo by Quimby, Charleston, S.C.
6. Capt. Cheves, C.S.A.
From the book: A Southern Girl in '61: The War-Time Memories of a Confederate Senator's Daughter by Mrs. D. Giraud Wright (New York: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1905), opp. p. 40. The caption reads: "CAPT. LANGDON CHEVES, C.S.A./ Designer of Battery Wagner"
Battery Cheves image. Click for full size.
S.C. Dept. of Archives and History, circa 1982
7. Battery Cheves
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,377 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. 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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