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

Battery Number 5

 
 
Battery Number 5 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2010
1. Battery Number 5 Marker
National Register of Historic Places: Battery No. 5 *** (added 1982 - Structure - #82004788)ē Area of Significance: Military, Engineering
Inscription. (Front text)
This was one of several Confederate earthworks constructed on the southwest portion of James Island in the summer of 1863. It was a significant part of the “New Line” or “Siege Line” intended to defend Charleston from Federal attacks up the Stono or Folly Rivers. This line replaced the 1861-62 lines that ran across James Island from Clark Sound to Wappoo Creek.
(Reverse text)
In April 1864 Battery Number 5 was manned by Company H of the 2nd S.C. Artillery, commanded by Capt. W.H. Kennady. Its armament at that time was three 24-pounder smoothbore cannon and one 12-pounder smoothbore cannon. This battery and the rest of Charlestonís defenses were evacuated February 17, 1865. Battery Number 5 was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
 
Erected 2008 by The South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust. (Marker Number 10-56.)
 
Location. 32° 42.473′ N, 79° 57.208′ W. Marker is in Secessionville, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on Seaside Plantation Drive near Opposite Planters Trace Drive, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charleston SC 29412, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
Battery Number 5 Marker reverse side image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 6, 2010
2. Battery Number 5 Marker reverse side
8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Secessionville (approx. half a mile away); Battle of Secessionville (approx. half a mile away); Battery Reed (approx. ĺ mile away); Riversville / Battle of Secessionville (approx. 0.9 miles away); Redoubt Number 3 (approx. 1.6 miles away); Battle of Sol-Legare Island (approx. 2 miles away); Battery Haskell (approx. 2.9 miles away); Battery Cheves (approx. 3.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Secessionville.
 
Regarding Battery Number 5. Like its sister batteries, LeRoy and Battery Number 1, Battery Number 5 was part of Beauregardís James Island Siege Line built in 1863 to replace General J.C. Pembertonís faulty defense line. As part of this important siege line, Battery Number 5 was designed to protect against an infantry attack via the Secessionville region of southern James Island. Battery Number 5 also supplemented the firepower of the Secessionville batteries and was kept in good order, mounting four guns in 1865. Battery Number 5 is the eastern terminus of the James Island Siege Line. It overlooks Seaside Creek and Secessionville on the southern edge of James Island. The battery is an earth redan with its right and left faces measuring about 200 feet and the center face about 100 feet. The parapet is approximately 10 feet high. The powder magazine has been
Battery Number 5 Marker (Side 1) image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2013
3. Battery Number 5 Marker (Side 1)
Update - - of existing photo
destroyed. Listed in the National Register August 11, 1982. (Historic Resources of Civil War Defenses of Charleston, 1861-1865)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Battery Number 5 Marker (Side 2) image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2013
4. Battery Number 5 Marker (Side 2)
Update - - of existing photo
Battery Number 5 Map image. Click for full size.
South Carolina Department of Archives and History
5. Battery Number 5 Map
Battery Number 5 Marker seen along Seaside Plantation Drive image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 6, 2010
6. Battery Number 5 Marker seen along Seaside Plantation Drive
Opposite Planters Trace Drive
Battery Number 5 Marker looking west along Seaside Plantation Drive image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 6, 2010
7. Battery Number 5 Marker looking west along Seaside Plantation Drive
Battery Number 5 Marker with remains of the earth redan seen today image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 6, 2010
8. Battery Number 5 Marker with remains of the earth redan seen today
Battery Number 5 , section of visible earthen redan image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 6, 2010
9. Battery Number 5 , section of visible earthen redan
Battery Number 5 image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, February 20, 2010
10. Battery Number 5
Battery Number 5 image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, February 20, 2010
11. Battery Number 5
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 3,315 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   10, 11. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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