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Moncks Corner in Berkeley County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

C.S.S. David

 
 
CSS David Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2009
1. CSS David Marker
Inscription. This Confederate vessel revolutionized the concepts of war at sea with a torpedo attack on the New Ironsides in Charleston Harbor on October 5, 1863.

Constructed on Stoney Landing Plantation, Berkeley County, on which lands this full scale replica is exhibited.
 
Location. 33° 11.603′ N, 79° 58.354′ W. Marker is in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, in Berkeley County. Marker is on Stoney Landing Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located in Old Santee Canal State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Moncks Corner SC 29461, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Berkeley County Confederate Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Fair Lawn: An Archeaological Treasure (within shouting distance of this marker); Colleton House: “Unmanly Practices” or Legitimate Target? (within shouting distance of this marker); Santee Canal (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stony Landing House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wadboo Barony (approx. 1.1 miles away); Wadboo Barony: Francis Marionís Last Headquarters (approx. 1.1 miles away); First Site of Moncks Corner (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Moncks Corner.
 
Regarding C.S.S. David.
C.S.S. David Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 29, 2009
2. C.S.S. David Marker
David's last confirmed action came on April 18, 1864 when she tried to sink the screw frigate USS Wabash. Alert lookouts on board the blockader sighted David in time to permit the frigate to slip her chain, avoid the attack, and open fire on the torpedo boat. Neither side suffered any damage.


The ultimate fate of David is uncertain. Several torpedo boats of this type fell into Union hands when Charleston was captured in February 1865. David may well have been among them.
 
Also see . . .  CSS David, Wikipedia entry. CSS David was built as a private venture by T. Stoney at Charleston, South Carolina in 1863, and put under the control of the Confederate States Navy. The cigar-shaped boat carried a 60- or 70-pound explosive charge on the end of a spar projecting forward from her bow. Designed to operate very low in the water, David resembled in general a submarine; she was, however, strictly a surface vessel. Operating on dark nights, and using anthracite coal which burns without smoke, "David" was nearly as hard to see as a true submarine. (Submitted on October 5, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
C.S.S. David Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 29, 2009
3. C.S.S. David Marker
C.S.S. David image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 29, 2009
4. C.S.S. David
C.S.S. David image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 29, 2009
5. C.S.S. David
a 60- or 70-pound explosive charge on the end of a spar projecting forward from her bow
C.S.S. David image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 29, 2009
6. C.S.S. David
C.S.S. David Marker, Reverse side text image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 29, 2009
7. C.S.S. David Marker, Reverse side text
Little David Replica
This replica of the Little David was originally constructed as an historical exhibit in 1970 by students and staff at Trident Technical College in North Charleston in preparation for South Carolina's Tricentennial observance.
In 2004, members of the U.S. Submarine Veterans Inc. of Charleston completely refurbished the replica, restoring it to the specifications and details of the Little David's original construction in 1863. More than 5,000 man hours went into the effort. The organization maintains the exhibit and provides speakers to groups who visit the display to study its rich nautical history.
Funding for this restoration project came from proceeds of the Berkeley Museum's annual Antique Tractor & Engine Show.
C.S.S. David image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 15, 2012
8. C.S.S. David
The Tomb obelisk, located in historic Evergreen Cemetery in Jacksonville, Florida,
Coordinates: 30.364251 -81.65019
Tomb
In Memory of my
shipmates of the
Confederate
Torpedo Boat David

Charleston S.C. Oct 5, 1863
Lieut. W.T. Glassell, ††††††C.S.N.
Pilot W.J. Cannon,†††††††† C.S.N.
Fireman Jas.Sullivan,†† C.S.N.
Chief Engineer
James Hamilton Tomb, C.S.N.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 5, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,095 times since then and 105 times this year. Last updated on June 25, 2015, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on October 5, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   8. submitted on July 16, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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