Sullivans Island in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Battery Jasper, the primary Endicott System battery on Sullivans Island, was rushed to completion in 1898 when the Spanish-American War began. This massive, reinforced-concrete structure before you was named for Sgt. William Jasper. Revolutionary War defender of the palmetto log fort.
Four powerful 10-inch disappearing rifles were mounted on the deck of Battery Jasper. These new, breech-loading weapons each weighed 55 tons, had a range of 8.5 miles, and fired shells weighing 571 pounds.
You may explore Battery Jasperís gun deck and the cave-like magazine (shell room) beneath the gun deck, walking in the footsteps of soldiers who stood ready to defend against enemy attack.
Lt. Johnson Haywood of Company C,
1st Artillery, recalled the hectic days.
“A thousand and one parts, all the way from nuts and bolts in gunny sacks up to twenty and thirty ton pieces of steel had been dumped haphazardly in the sand wherever the transportation contractor had found it convenient to his purpose. I had to collect these things together, clean them up, and fit them together, all without any instructions.”
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Above a photo of a Battery Jasper gun crew, 1930s: “Battery Jasper never fired a shot defending Charleston, but it served to train Coast Artillery and National
During firing exercises Sullivans Island shook with concussion from the large guns; residents were cautioned to leave windows open to prevent shattering glass.”
Above a photo of Workers installing one of Battery Jasperís 10-inch rifles, late 1890s: “Labor gangs worked for weeks assembling and installing the 55-ton guns.”
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 32° 45.529′ N, 79° 51.378′ W. Marker is in Sullivans Island, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on Poe Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located at Fort Moultrie. Marker is in this post office area: Sullivans Island SC 29482, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Coastal Defense: The Endicott System (here, next to this marker); Buoyant Mine (a few steps from this marker); 10-Inch Parrott (300 pounder) (a few steps from this marker); 8-inch Parrott (200 Pounder) (within shouting distance of this marker); 7-Inch Brooke Rifle, Triple Banded (within shouting distance of this marker); Powerhouse (within shouting distance Water for the Army (within shouting distance of this marker); 10-Inch Columbiad, Rifled and Banded (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Sullivans Island.
More about this marker. A drawing in the upper right of the marker shows the loading process for the big guns at Battery Jasper. The text says “The breech-loading disappearing rifle (1) rose above the parapet to fire, then recoiled, (2) moving back and down, “disappearing” behind the wall to allow the crew to reload in safety.
Artillery crews worked in the shell room, deep within Battery Jasper. Overhead trolleys (3) moved the 571-pound shells (4) to the chain hoist, (5) which raised the shells to the gun deck (6) above.”
Categories. • Forts, Castles • War, Spanish-American •
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