Sullivans Island in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
“Keep your powder dry” is a time-worn expression today, but it was vital advice for gunners of the 19th century. This powder magazine was designed to keep the fort’s supply of black powder safe, dry, and away from flame. The thick walls and solid brick traverse in front of the entrance helped protect the magazine in war-time, but preserving the powder was also an important peace-time task.
To protect the powder from fire, a lightning rod was erected and spark-producing metals were kept out of the magazine. To keep the powder dry, the magazine was well-ventilated and the barrels of powder were periodically taken out to the magazine yard and rolled to prevent caking.
The magazine is restored as it appeared in 1840.
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Forts and Castles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1840.
Location. 32° 45.577′ N, 79° 51.489′ W. Marker is on Sullivans Island, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker can be reached from Middle Street, on the 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 walking distance of this marker. Traverse c.1820 (here, next to this marker); Harbor Defense 1809-1860 (a few steps from this marker); Enlisted Men's Barracks (a few steps from this marker); Northwest Bastionet (within shouting distance of this marker); Building Forts (within shouting distance of this marker); Oceola / Patapsco Dead (within shouting distance of this marker); Defending Charleston 1861-1865 (within shouting distance of this marker); Move a 50,000 pound Rodman Gun (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sullivans Island.
More about this marker. The background of the marker contains a picture of soldiers rolling barrels of powder in the magazine.
Also see . . . Fort Moultrie. National Park Service website. (Submitted on August 6, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 6, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 353 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 6, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.