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

Fort Sumter Bombarded

 
 
Fort Sumter Bombarded Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
1. Fort Sumter Bombarded Marker
Inscription. The lighthouse in the distance marks the southern tip of Morris Island. In July,1863, Union troops landed there and advanced two-thirds of the way up the island to a Confederate stronghold known as Battery Wagner. Unable to capture the battery by direct assault, they brought up heavy guns, and after two months drove the defenders out. Union artillerists then set up powerful siege batteries at Cummings Point (directly ahead of you) and from there shelled Fort Sumter at point-blank range, reducing its once proud walls to a mere pile of rubble. Ironically, the more they damaged the walls the stronger they became. Slaves piled up the debris into huge breastworks, twenty feet thick, and reinforced them with cotton bales, sandbags, and other material, rendering the fort impregnable to artillery.
 
Location. 32° 45.121′ N, 79° 52.489′ W. Marker is near Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Touch for map. Marker is located at Fort Sumter National Monument and only reached by boat. See links below for more information about access to the site. Marker is in this post office area: Charleston SC 29412, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Swamp Angel (a few steps from this marker); Morris Island (within
Fort Sumter Bombarded Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2013
2. Fort Sumter Bombarded Marker
shouting distance of this marker); The Garrison Defending Fort Sumter (within shouting distance of this marker); Gorge Wall (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Johnson (within shouting distance of this marker); Charleston Besieged (within shouting distance of this marker); Flags of the Fort (within shouting distance of this marker); Major Robert Anderson (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
 
More about this marker. The marker displays a drawing of Fort Sumter, made in 1861, and compares to a photograph of the fort taken in 1863.
 
Also see . . .  Directions to Fort Sumter. The only way to reach the fort is by boat. Most visitors use the Spirit Line Cruises, although private boats are allowed. (Submitted on May 5, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Markers at the Southwest Corner of Fort Sumter image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
3. Markers at the Southwest Corner of Fort Sumter
Cummings Point image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
4. Cummings Point
Morris Island, including the portion where Battery Wagner was sited, has eroded away since the Civil War. The day this photo was taken a storm was blowing in from the Atlantic Ocean, and the lighthouse was barely visible, just right of center, in the far distance.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 5, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 761 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on May 5, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on August 4, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3. submitted on May 4, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on May 5, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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