Sullivans Island in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
America Responds To A New Challenge
The growth of powerful iron navies during the 1890’s prompted the United States to build hundreds of new anti-battleship batteries such as this, which mounted four 10-inch guns.
Each shell, weighing as much as 617 pounds, had a range of nearly 8.5 miles (14,700 yds. or 13,436 M.) and was capable of penetrating 20 inches of armor at close range. A well-trained gun crew could fire at the rate of 1½ times a minute. This rate of fire was made possible by the use of the disappearing carriage, which employed the energy of its recoil to lower the gun behind the fortification. Counterweights raised the gun for the next round.
These 82,000 pound giants remained on active duty from 1898 to 1943.
Location. 32° 45.517′ N, 79° 51.346′ W. Marker is in Sullivans Island, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker can be reached from Poe Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Touch 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. A Forgotten Branch Of The Service . . . The U.S. Army Coast Artillery (here, next to this marker); Disappearing Rifle: The Endicott System (a few steps from Powerhouse (a few steps from this marker); Water for the Army (within shouting distance of this marker); Coastal Defense: The Endicott System (within shouting distance of this marker); 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sullivans Island.
More about this marker. A picture of a 10-inch gun that was placed at this battery appears at the top of the marker.
Also see . . . Battery Jasper at Fort Moultrie National Monument. National Park Service website. (Submitted on August 22, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 22, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 318 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 22, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.