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Near Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Battery Huger

 
 
Battery Huger Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
1. Battery Huger Marker
Inscription.  Battery Huger (ũ-jẽ) looms before you. Battery Huger, the black, concrete structure filling the center of Fort Sumter, was built in 1899 in response to the Spanish-American War. Named for Revolutionary War hero Isaac Huger, the battery was part of a seacoast defense system that protected Charleston Harbor. By 1945 installations like Battery Huger were obsolete, and Fort Sumter was transferred to the National Park Service.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesWar, Spanish-AmericanWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1899.
 
Location. 32° 45.143′ N, 79° 52.492′ W. Marker is near Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is located at Fort Sumter National Monument and only reached by boat. See links below for more information about access to the site. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charleston SC 29412, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Sumter 1861-65 (here, next to this marker); Fort Sumter Today
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(here, next to this marker); The Garrison Defending Fort Sumter (a few steps from this marker); Fort Johnson (a few steps from this marker); Charleston Besieged (a few steps from this marker); Gorge Wall (a few steps from this marker); Holding the Fort (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Moultrie (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
 
More about this marker. Photos on the marker show Battery Huger's guns. The photo on the lower left is captioned, A gun crew in 1901 drills on one of Battery Huger's two 12-inch rifled cannon. The crew could load and fire a 1000-pound shell every 90 seconds. The battery could hit a moving battleship eight miles away. The larger photo to the right shows both gun pits, Note Battery Huger's camouflaged pattern during World War II.
 
Battery Huger Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2013
2. Battery Huger Marker
Markers in front of Battery Huger image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
3. Markers in front of Battery Huger
The markers stand on what remains of the Fort's parade field.
Gun Pivot Point image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
4. Gun Pivot Point
The guns from Battery Huger were scrapped during World War II. However the concrete emplacements remain.
Observation Bunker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
5. Observation Bunker
To the side of the battery is a reinforced bunker with open windows. Crew in the bunker would observe the fall of shot and calculate adjustments for the gun aimers.
Battery Huger Gun Pits image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
6. Battery Huger Gun Pits
The left (north side) gun pit is used today for the Fort Sumter museum and gift shop.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 10, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,743 times since then and 82 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on May 10, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on August 17, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 10, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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