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Near Green Pond in Colleton County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Destruction of the Boston

 
 
Destruction of the <i>Boston</i> Marker, Side One image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Conrad, March 17, 2018
1. Destruction of the Boston Marker, Side One
Inscription. On May 23-24, 1864, Union forces attempted an amphibious operation to destroy a railroad trestle across the Ashepoo River. Soldiers from the 34th U.S.C.T were carried up the Ashepoo on the steamer Boston. The boat was grounded on an oyster bed 300 yds. in front of a Confederate position at Chapman’s Fort (approximately ½ mile west of this spot) and C.S.A. artillery would lob 200 shells at the Boston.

Using one small rowboat, Lt. George Brush of the 34th U.S.C.T. made multiple trips under fire to ferry 400 members of his command to safety. 13 were killed. After the Boston was evacuated it was set afire. Brush and four other men, William Downey, John Duffy, David Gifford, and Patrick Scalan, all of the 4th Massachusetts Cavalry, were awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions during the engagement.
 
Erected 2016 by the S.C. Department of Archives & History, sponsored by Bennetts Point Fire and Community Services. (Marker Number 15-23.)
 
Location. 32° 36.849′ N, 80° 28.933′ W. Marker is near Green Pond, South Carolina, in Colleton County. Marker is on Bennetts Point Road south of Ashepoo Siding, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. It is at a pull-off
Destruction of the <i>Boston</i> Marker, Side Two image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Conrad, March 17, 2018
2. Destruction of the Boston Marker, Side Two
just before the Frank E. Baldwin Jr. bridge, the bridge that crosses the Ashepoo River. Marker is in this post office area: Green Pond SC 29446, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Edmundsbury (approx. 9.9 miles away); Temple of Sport (approx. 10 miles away); Old Jacksonborough (approx. 10.7 miles away); Combahee River Raid / Freedom Along The Combahee (approx. 12.1 miles away); Pon Pon Chapel (approx. 12.6 miles away); The Burial Site of Captain John Herbert Dent (approx. 12.8 miles away); Bethel Presbyterian Church (approx. 12.8 miles away); Battle Of Parker's Ferry (approx. 13 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Bennetts Point gets an official place in history. 2017 article in the Walterboro Press and Standard. “A historical marker, entitled “Destruction of the Boston,” was placed near the scene of the battle between the Confederates manning Chapman’s Fort and the Union forces aboard the Boston. The marker was installed in a landscaped area near the Frank E. Baldwin Jr. bridge.” (Submitted on March 20, 2018.) 

2. Destruction of U. S. transport Boston at Chapman's Fort, Ashepoo River, S. C. “When I arrived at Chapman's Fort I found a large Yankee steamer aground 300 yards below the piling
Destruction of the <i>Boston</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Conrad, March 17, 2018
3. Destruction of the Boston Marker
in the Ashepoo River, lying with her bow on to the breast-works, and in such a position that my left gun commanded her starboard side and my right her port bow, and also allowed a raking fire fore and aft. The third shot fired from the artillery struck her steam-chest, causing the steam to escape rapidly. Captain Earle fired 200 shots and struck her repeatedly. As soon as the artillery commenced firing I ordered a portion of the First South Carolina Cavalry dismounted, and advanced them as sharpshooters to the edge of the marsh, ordering them to fire upon the steamer; but after a few rounds, finding that it caused no diminution of the number on her decks, I caused the firing to cease.” (Submitted on March 20, 2018.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Swamps of the Ashepoo River image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Conrad, March 17, 2018
4. Swamps of the Ashepoo River
The river is in the distance.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 21, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 20, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 70 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 20, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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