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Near Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Swamp Angel
 
Swamp Angel Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
1. Swamp Angel Marker
 
Inscription. In 1863 Union forces built a battery about two miles away in the marsh on lower Morris Island (in front of you). They mounted an eight-inch Parrott rifle called the Swamp Angel. This huge gun fired 150-pound shells and was aimed at the city of Charleston five miles away.

The Swamp Angel's first shot at 1:30 a.m. on August 22 caused panic in Charleston. This deliberate bombardment of a civilian population shattered the city's security. The Swamp Angel's brief career ended abruptly the following day when the overcharged gun burst while firing its 36th round. Other guns soon took its place, and the bombardment of Charleston continued intermittently for the next 18 months.
 
Erected by Fort Sumter National Monument - South Carolina - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 32° 45.117′ N, 79° 52.481′ W. Marker is near Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Click for map. Marker is located at Fort Sumter National Monument and only reached by boat. See links below for more information about access to the site. Marker is 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 marker. Fort Sumter Bombarded (a few steps from this marker); Mountain Howitzer (within shouting distance of this marker); Morris Island (within shouting distance of this marker); Night Attack (within shouting distance of this marker); Major Robert Anderson (within shouting distance of this marker); Flags of the Fort (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Johnson (within shouting distance of this marker); Star of the West (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Charleston.
 
Swamp Angel Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2013
2. Swamp Angel Marker
 

 
More about this marker. The marker displays a wartime photo showing, After bursting, the Swamp Angel's barrel lies dismounted on the parapet.
 
Also see . . .
1. Directions to Fort Sumter. The only way to reach the fort is by boat. Most visitors use the Spirit Line Cruises, although private boats are allowed. (Submitted on May 4, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. The Swamp Angel. The gun itself was salvaged and placed in a memorial in Trenton, New Jersey. (Submitted on May 4, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. The Swamp Angel. A rather detailed account of the Swamp Angel from Civil War Preservation Trust. (Submitted on May 10, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Markers at the Southwest Corner of Fort Sumter Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
3. Markers at the Southwest Corner of Fort Sumter
 
 
Marsh Behind Morris Island Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
4. Marsh Behind Morris Island
Looking from the fort in the direction of the battery location. The site today is entirely surrounded by marsh.
 
 
Swamp Angel Today Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, February 27, 2010
5. Swamp Angel Today
After the Civil War, the Swamp Angel was purchased for scrap iron by the Phoenix Iron Works in Trenton, N.J., but was saved before it could be melted down. It was placed in Cadwalader Park in Trenton on April 12, 1961, the 100th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.
 
 
The Swamp Angel in Cadwalader Park, Trenton, NJ. Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, February 27, 2010
6. The Swamp Angel in Cadwalader Park, Trenton, NJ.
 
 
Swamp Angel Artillery Sighting Level and Quadrant Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, August 9, 2013
7. Swamp Angel Artillery Sighting Level and Quadrant
These artifacts from the Swamp Angel can be viewed at the Confederate Relic Room in Columbia, SC.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on May 4, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,364 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on May 4, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on August 4, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3, 4. submitted on May 4, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5, 6. submitted on May 11, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   7. submitted on August 24, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
 
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