Sullivans Island in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
A Forgotten Branch Of The Service . . . The U.S. Army Coast Artillery
This gun emplacement, manned by the Regular Army in peacetime, drew upon the Coast Artillery units of the National Guard for its huge manpower needs in wartime. One 10-inch gun crew alone consisted of 43 men – 26 of the gun detachment, 11 handling ammunition, and 6 as relief.
Artillerists not assigned to the guns performed other vital duties including position finding, searchlight operation, and harbor mine defense. In addition, all were cross-trained as infantry. The work was strenuous but required precision and specialized skills, as well as constant drill and practice.
Location. 32° 45.516′ N, 79° 51.343′ W. Marker is in Sullivans Island, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker can be reached from Poe Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located at Fort Moultrie National Monument. 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. America Responds To A New Challenge (here, next to this marker); Disappearing Rifle: The Endicott System (a few steps from this marker); Powerhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Water for the Army (within shouting distance of this marker); Coastal Defense: The Endicott System Battery Jasper (within shouting distance of this marker); Buoyant Mine (within shouting distance of this marker); 10-Inch Parrott (300 pounder) (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Sullivans Island.
More about this marker. A photo at the top of the marker shows a gun crew manning one of the 10-inch guns at Battery Jasper.
Also see . . . Battery Jasper at Fort Moultrie National Monument. National Park Service website.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 257 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.