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

British Attack at Breach Inlet / Battery Marshall

 
 
British Attack at Breach Inlet Side image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
1. British Attack at Breach Inlet Side
Inscription.  
British Attack at Breach Inlet
In 1776, a force of British Army regulars attempted to cross Breach Inlet in an effort to capture Fort Sullivan (Fort Moultrie). Their advance was thwarted and many British lives lost when their boats were caught in treacherous currents while under fire from Colonel Thomson's Eutawville sharpshooters who had erected a temporary fort near this spot overlooking Breach Inlet.

Battery Marshall
In 1864, the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley departed from Battery Marshall near this spot on Sullivan's Island. It passed through Breach Inlet on assignment to sink the U.S.S. Housatonic. The Hunley crew signaled Battery Marshall that their mission was successful, but the submarine sank. The wreck of the H.L. Hunley and crew were recovered in 2000.
 
Erected 2002.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US CivilWar, US Revolutionary. A significant historical year for this entry is 1776.
 
Location. 32° 46.493′ N, 79° 48.855′ W. Marker is
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on Sullivans Island, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is at the intersection of Jasper Boulevard (State Highway 703) and Middle Street, on the right when traveling east on Jasper Boulevard. Located in a parking area for beach and pier access at Breach Inlet. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sullivans Island SC 29482, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Breach Inlet / Military History (a few steps from this marker); Victory at Breach Inlet (a few steps from this marker); Battle of Sullivan’s Island (a few steps from this marker); Charles Town in the American Revolution (a few steps from this marker); Liberty or Death (a few steps from this marker); Thomson Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Lord Cornwallis (approx. 0.4 miles away); African American Cemetery (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sullivans Island.
 
Battery Marshall Side image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
2. Battery Marshall Side
British Attack at Breach Inlet / Battery Marshall Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
3. British Attack at Breach Inlet / Battery Marshall Marker
Breach Inlet image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
4. Breach Inlet
Looking across the inlet from the marker location.
Battery Marshall image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
5. Battery Marshall
Looking west down the beach from the marker location. The battery, sometimes noted as a fort in the records, stood on the east end of Sullivan's Island. Lost in the dunes and covered by residential developments since the war, the battery stood roughly between present day Marshall and Middle Streets.
Marker on Sullivans Island image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, August 3, 2013
6. Marker on Sullivans Island
Breach Inlet, where the British army attempted to cross on June 28, 1776, can be seen in the background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 24, 2023. It was originally submitted on May 23, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,792 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on May 23, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on December 16, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3, 4, 5. submitted on May 23, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   6. submitted on September 2, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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May. 27, 2024