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Georgetown in Georgetown County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Sinking Of The USS Harvest Moon

 
 
Sinking Of The USS Harvest Moon Marker (front) image. Click for full size.
By Cindy Bullard, October 15, 2011
1. Sinking Of The USS Harvest Moon Marker (front)
Inscription. (Front)
In early 1865 the USS Harvest Moon, a 193-foot, 5-gun side-wheel steamer, was the flagship of Adm. John A. Dahlgren of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, U.S. Navy. It arrived off Georgetown and anchored nearby on February 26th. Confederate Capt. Thomas W. Daggett, in charge of coastal defenses from Little River to Georgetown, made plans to sink the Harvest Moon with a “torpedo,” or mine.

(Reverse)
Daggett, working on the 2nd floor of S.W. Rouquie’s store here at 633 Front Street, built a keg torpedo and floated it out as the Harvest Moon steamed down the bay early on March 1, 1865. The blast blew a hole in the starboard quarter and main deck, and the ship sank in five minutes, with only one sailor killed. The smokestack of the Harvest Moon can still be seen at low tide in Winyah Bay, near Battery White.
 
Erected 2011 by the Arthur M. Manigault Chapter #63, United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the Battery White Camp #1568, Sons of Confederate Veterans. (Marker Number 22-58.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the United Daughters of the Confederacy marker series.
 
Location. 33° 21.923′ N, 79° 16.932′ 
Sinking Of The USS Harvest Moon Marker (reverse) image. Click for full size.
By Cindy Bullard, October 15, 2011
2. Sinking Of The USS Harvest Moon Marker (reverse)
W. Marker is in Georgetown, South Carolina, in Georgetown County. Marker is on Front Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 633 Front Street, Georgetown SC 29440, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Town Clock / Kaminski Building (here, next to this marker); Marquis de Lafayette (a few steps from this marker); The Rice Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); South Carolina’s Third Oldest City (within shouting distance of this marker); 718 Front Street (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 724 Front Street (about 400 feet away); 726 Front Street (about 400 feet away); Screven Cemetery (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Georgetown.
 
Also see . . .  USS Harvest Moon. (Submitted on October 15, 2011, by David Bullard of Seneca, South Carolina.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
633 Front St. (Kaminski Building) image. Click for full size.
By Zach Marsh, April 8, 2012
3. 633 Front St. (Kaminski Building)
Wide view of the sinking of the Harvest Moon marker along with view of the Kaminski building described in the marker as being where the torpedo was built.
Sinking Of The USS Harvest Moon Marker looking southeast along Front Street image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 11, 2013
4. Sinking Of The USS Harvest Moon Marker looking southeast along Front Street
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Bullard of Seneca, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 703 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by David Bullard of Seneca, South Carolina.   3. submitted on , by Zach Marsh of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.   4. 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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