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

Harbor Defense 1898-1939

Batteries Bingham and McCorkle

 
 
Harbor Defense 1898-1939 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
1. Harbor Defense 1898-1939 Marker
Inscription. These two rapid-fire batteries are part of the Endicott installations that protected Charleston from the Spanish American War until World War II began. The Endicott System combined heavy coast artillery, minefields, and rapid-fire guns into an integrated defense. You will see a major Endicott battery further along the tour at Battery Jasper.

15-Pounder Rapid-Fire gun in Battery McCorkle.
Gunners aimed the rapid-fire guns directly, with open sights or telescopic sights.

The fifteen-pounder rapid-fire gun is mounted on a balanced pillar mount so it can be lowered when not in use.

4.7-inch Armstrong gun in Battery Bingham.
These guns were bought from Great Britain to meet the Spanish American War crisis.

Both guns fired fixed ammunition like big rifle cartridges. Principal targets would have been minesweepers, torpedo-boats, and small warships.

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Location. 32° 45.553′ N, 79° 51.439′ W. Marker is in Sullivans Island, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker can be reached from Middle Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located on Battery Bingham, in Fort Moultrie National Monument, stop two of the fort tour. Marker is in this post office area: Sullivans Island SC 29482, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Harbor Defense 1898-1939 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
2. Harbor Defense 1898-1939 Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harbor Vigilance (a few steps from this marker); H.L. Hunley Disappears (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Armament (within shouting distance of this marker); 1860 Flanking Caponniere (within shouting distance of this marker); 13-Inch Seacoast Mortar (within shouting distance of this marker); 10-Inch Confederate Columbiad (within shouting distance of this marker); Harbor Defense (within shouting distance of this marker); 10-Inch Columbiad (Rodman) (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Sullivans Island.
 
Categories. War, Spanish-AmericanWar, World IWar, World II
 
Battery Bingham (left) and Battery McCorkle (right) image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
3. Battery Bingham (left) and Battery McCorkle (right)
4.7-inch Armstrong Gun at Battery Bingham image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
4. 4.7-inch Armstrong Gun at Battery Bingham
Breech of Armstrong image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
5. Breech of Armstrong
Note the interrupted screw type breech. Markings over the breech are:
Sir W.G. Armstrong, Whitworth & Company
4.7 in. B.L.
Weight 4676 lbs.
1898 No. 12124
3-inch Rapid Fire Gun image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
6. 3-inch Rapid Fire Gun
This particular 3-inch, 15-pounder Model 1911 Rapid Fire gun is a training gun. It has no rifling and was used for crew training only. The real guns used at the battery were generally similar, but of different model numbers.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 810 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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