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

Mountain Howitzer

 
 
Mountain Howitzer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
1. Mountain Howitzer Marker
Inscription. Confederates used several field pieces like this 12-pounder mountain howitzer to defend against a surprise landing by Union forces.
 
Location. 32° 45.113′ N, 79° 52.464′ 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. Night Attack (here, next to this marker); Star of the West (a few steps from this marker); Swamp Angel (within shouting distance of this marker); Ironclads Attack (within shouting distance of this marker); Major Robert Anderson (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Sumter Bombarded (within shouting distance of this marker); Morris Island (within shouting distance of this marker); Blockade Runners (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Charleston.
 
More about this marker. On the left side of the marker is a wartime photograph of a 12-pdr mountain howitzer standing on the wall of Fort Sumter, captioned simply, 1865.
 
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Marker and Platform for Howitzer image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
2. Marker and Platform for Howitzer
The howitzer is currently removed to the Fort's museum, awaiting a new carriage.
 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 15, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Mountain Howitzer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2013
3. Mountain Howitzer Marker
Mountain Howitzer in the Museum image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
4. Mountain Howitzer in the Museum
This specimen was cast by Cyrus Alger of Boston, Massachusetts in 1863. It has registry number 254, and foundry number 1302. It weighed 221 pounds when inspected by T. J. Rodman for acceptance. While it is very unlikely this particular howitzer was at Fort Sumter during the war, photographic evidence indicates the Confederates used weapons of this type.
Mountain Howitzer at Fort Sumter image. Click for more information.
5. Mountain Howitzer at Fort Sumter
Taken in April 1865 after the fort had been abandoned by the Confederates, this photo shows a 12-pdr Mountain Howitzer guarding the walls of the fort. Note the gabions - wicker baskets filled with dirt used to supplement the walls - on the fort facing.
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Mountain Howitzer Display image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, May 29, 2011
6. Mountain Howitzer Display
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,075 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on , by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4, 5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   6. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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