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Greenville in Greenville County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Crenshaw's Battery

Charles L. Crenshaw, Jr 1921-2002

 
 
Crenshaw's Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, June 20, 2012
1. Crenshaw's Battery Marker
Inscription. This authentic 12-pound brass Napoleon, a favorite of the Confederate artillery, was constructed by Charles Crenshaw Jr. Gharlie co-founded the "Southern Guns of Thunder" and for years built and fired cannons to lend a thunderous salute at memorial services, victory celebrations and orchestral presentations of the 1812 Overture.

MODEL: 1857, 12-pound Napoleon
BORE SIZE: 4.62inches
BARREL WEIGHT: 1,220 pounds
CARRIANGE: #2 gun carriage
WHEEL SIZE: 57 inch diameter, 250 pounds per wheel
TOTAL WEIGHT: 2,380 pounds
MAXIMUM RANGE: 1,800 yards
LOAD: 2.5 pounds of black powder
AMMUNITION: (1) Solid shot (2) Exploding shell (3) Exploding case shot (4) Grape shot (27 round iron balls) (5) Canister (169 lead and clay balls, 69 caliber) (6) Double canister (two of the canister rounds at once)
 
Location. 34° 50.999′ N, 82° 23.226′ W. Marker is in Greenville, South Carolina, in Greenville County. Marker is at the intersection of Boyce Avenue and Pettigru Street, on the right when traveling south on Boyce Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Greenville SC 29601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. African Elephant (approx. mile away); Brockman Park
Crenshaw's Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, June 20, 2012
2. Crenshaw's Battery Marker
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Cleveland Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Capers Bouton Memoral Fountain (approx. 0.3 miles away); Greenville Memorial Auditorium (approx. 0.3 miles away); Clayton "Peg Leg" Bates (approx. 0.3 miles away); Frank Howard (approx. 0.3 miles away); Frank Selvy (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greenville.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Museum and Library of Confeberate History image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, June 20, 2012
3. Museum and Library of Confeberate History
Operater by the 16th Regiment,S.C. Volunteers Sons of Confederate Veterans (Sons of Confederate Veterans 1896)
Museum and Library of Confeberate History image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, June 20, 2012
4. Museum and Library of Confeberate History
Inside the Museum image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, June 20, 2012
5. Inside the Museum
Confederate Torpedo image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, June 20, 2012
6. Confederate Torpedo
These devices were constructed from available wooden barrels of various sizes. They were filled with gun powder and fitted with a contact detonator. Streamlined ends were added to lessen the effects of tide and currents. They were then anchored in locations such as the Charleston Harbor and the mouth of the Mississippit River to keep out Union ships. The Union lost more than 40 ships to these torpedoes. Union Admiral Farragut's famous quotation, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead." referred to these devices hidden in the water.
1861 Grand Piano with Melodeon image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, June 20, 2012
7. 1861 Grand Piano with Melodeon
Originally ordered pre-war by the Brannon family of Charleston from the Gilbert Piano Company in Boston. Before the order could be coompleted, South Carolina had seceded and the hostitities which brought the blockade of the southern ports had begun. In an attempt to deliver this fine instrument, it was loaded on ship and traveled to the Bahamas then to Jacksonville Florida before finally making its way to Charleston. The piano served the family well on many social occasions undoubtedly attended by such Confederate officers as General P.T.G. Beauregaud stationed in Charleston with the struggle for Fort Sumter an ongoing daily battle. After many years of service, the peano was placed in storage. Most recently the Davis family of Monks Corner recovered the instrument and presented it to the Museum.
Inside the Museum image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, June 20, 2012
8. Inside the Museum
The Smith Brothers image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, June 20, 2012
9. The Smith Brothers
Vowing not to shave their beards until the Confederacy prevailed, the Smith Brothers of Yorkville, South Carolina remained true to their word as evidenced by this circa 1880 photograph. The brothers served in Co. G of the Palmetto Sharpshooters: William Beaty as Captain, John Josiah and Robert P. as Privates. Though John Josiah was wounded at Frayser's Farm, Virginia and William Beaty was wounded during the Battle of the Wilderness, they rejoined the company and with Robert wete paroled from Appomattox following General Lee's surrender.
Bunting from the Centennial Convention of the Son of Confederate Veterans (1896 -1996) image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, June 20, 2012
10. Bunting from the Centennial Convention of the Son of Confederate Veterans (1896 -1996)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 27, 2012, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 481 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on June 27, 2012, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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