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McQueens Island in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Battery Hamilton

 
 
Battery Hamilton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 3, 2009
1. Battery Hamilton Marker
Inscription.  Built by Federal troops during the Civil War, in February 1862, Battery Hamilton prevented Confederate gunboats and reinforcements from moving down the Savannah River to aid the besieged Fort Pulaski. Its presence also allowed the Federals to construct the eleven artillery batteries that pounded Fort Pulaski into surrender in April 1862. Battery Hamilton was constructed and occupied by Company E and a detachment from Company A of the Third Rhode Island Heavy Artillery. The armament consisted of six heavy, rifled cannons. Battery Hamilton was abandoned after Fort Pulaski fell to Federal troops.
 
Erected 2004 by Georgia Historical Society and Georgia Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 25-20.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 32° 2.401′ N, 80° 56.617′ W. Marker is in McQueens Island, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker can be reached
Battery Hamilton Marker, with Fort Pulaski in distance image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 3, 2009
2. Battery Hamilton Marker, with Fort Pulaski in distance
from Islands Expressway (U.S. 80), on the left when traveling east. On the McQueen's Island Hiking Trail, just east of the parking area on US 80. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tybee Island GA 31328, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Pulaski (approx. 3 miles away); Battery Hambright (approx. 3.1 miles away); Soldier of Liberty (approx. 3.1 miles away); North Pier Trail (approx. 3.1 miles away); A Bustling Village (approx. 3.1 miles away); John Wesley (approx. 3.1 miles away); John Wesley Landing Site (approx. 3.1 miles away); Cockspur Island Lighthouse (approx. 3.1 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. National Park Service,site of Battery Hamilton. was first visited by archeologists in 1999, and in 2002 was studied in more detail. The earthworks, originally about five feet high, have been greatly reduced by tidal action and gravity--they were constructed of waterlogged marsh mud. (Submitted on May 15, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. The Civil War Archive 1998-2009. Rhode Island 3rd Regiment Heavy Artillery, Battery "B" ,"F", "H" Operations against Fort Pulaski, Ga., February 21-April 10. Bombardment and capture of Fort Pulaski April 9-10. (Submitted on May 15, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 24, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 15, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,199 times since then and 8 times this year. Last updated on May 8, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 15, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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