Sullivans Island in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
A Forgotten Branch Of The Service . . . The U.S. Army Coast Artillery
This gun emplacement, manned by the Regular Army in peacetime, drew upon the Coast Artillery units of the National Guard for its huge manpower needs in wartime. One 10-inch gun crew alone consisted of 43 men – 26 of the gun detachment, 11 handling ammunition, and 6 as relief.
Artillerists not assigned to the guns performed other vital duties including position finding, searchlight operation, and harbor mine defense. In addition, all were cross-trained as infantry. The work was strenuous but required precision and specialized skills, as well as constant drill and practice.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Forts and Castles.
Location. 32° 45.516′ N, 79° 51.343′ W. Marker is on Sullivans Island, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker can be reached from Poe Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Marker is located at Fort Moultrie National Monument. 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. America Responds To A New Challenge (here, next to this marker); Why is it Black? Disappearing Rifle: The Endicott System (a few steps from this marker); In The Days Before Computers (a few steps from this marker); Communications (a few steps from this marker); Projectile Delivery Table (a few steps from this marker); Battery Commander's Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Powerhouse (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sullivans Island.
More about this marker. A photo at the top of the marker shows a gun crew manning one of the 10-inch guns at Battery Jasper.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 22, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 492 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 22, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.