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

13-Inch Seacoast Mortar

 
 
13-Inch Seacoast Mortar Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
1. 13-Inch Seacoast Mortar Marker
The marker displays a photo of mortars on Morris Island in 1865.
Inscription. Union artillerists on Morris Island used mortars similar to this nine ton giant to fire 218-pound explosive shells into the Confederate fortifications. In 1874, two batteries, consisting of two mortars each, were emplaced near the site of the present Fort Moultrie visitor center.

Maximum Range: 4200 yards (3840 M)
 
Location. 32° 45.535′ N, 79° 51.416′ W. Marker is in Sullivans Island, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on Poe Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located in the cannon walk, stop eight, on the tour of Fort Moultrie. Marker is in this post office area: Sullivans Island SC 29482, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 10-Inch Confederate Columbiad (here, next to this marker); Civil War Armament (was here, next to this marker but has been reported permanently removed. ); Civil War Defense of Sullivan's Island (here, next to this marker); Cannon Row (a few steps from this marker); 10-Inch Columbiad (Rodman) (a few steps from this marker); 10-Inch Columbiad, Rifled and Banded (a few steps from this marker); H.L. Hunley Disappears
13-Inch Seacoast Mortar and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
2. 13-Inch Seacoast Mortar and Marker
This particular mortar was cast in 1862 by Fort Pitt Foundry, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It weighted 17,196 pounds and was given the registry number 104.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Discovering the Hunley (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sullivans Island.
 
Categories. MilitaryWar, US Civil
 
Elevating System image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
3. Elevating System
On the breech of the mortar is a row of lugs. Here a bolt passing through a loop on the carriage fixes between two lugs. In operation a leaver fitted into the loop allowed the gunners to elevate the mortar. The raised number 917 to the right is the weapon's foundry serial number.
13-Inch Seacoast Mortar Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher
4. 13-Inch Seacoast Mortar Marker
[Morris Island, S.C. Federal mortars aimed at Fort Sumter, with crews]
Courtesy of the Library of Congress
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 21, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 688 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 21, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on August 11, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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