Defending Charleston

Defending Charleston (HM1MQY)

Location: Sullivan's Island, SC 29482 Charleston County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 45.616', W 79° 51.457'

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From this observation deck the strategic value of Fort Moultrie becomes clear. Charleston Harbor's main ship channel—the only deep water access to the port—passes directly in front of the fort. Ships entering the harbor had to pass close under the fire of Fort Moultrie's guns. From the time of the American Revolution through World War II, the fort's position on the south end of Sullivan's Island was the key to defending Charleston.

Today Fort Moultrie preserves the story of evolution of American coastal defense. Almost all of America's wars between the Revolution and World War II—and peacetimes in between—have left their mark here. Many remnants of those times can be seen in the fort today. A walk through Fort Moultrie is a walk through time.


(bottom) A Civil War view from Fort Moultrie, November 18, 1863, Confederates held the fort. Union blockade ships and ironclad gunboats kept their distance. Fort Sumter, in the harbor to the right, was partially crumbled from Union bombardment. Compare this wartime scene painted by Conrad Wise Chapman to your view today.

(upper right) This map depicts Charleston Harbor during the Civil War. Note Fort Moultrie and Fort Sumter. Enemy ships entering Charleston Harbor faced a gauntlet of deadly crossfire between Moultire and Sumter. These forts, combined with other forts and batteries ringing the harbor, made Charleston an unconquerable Confederate stronghold during the Civil War.
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Date Added Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 at 9:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 607007 N 3625287
Decimal Degrees32.76026667, -79.85761667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 45.616', W 79° 51.457'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 45' 36.96" N, 79° 51' 27.42" W
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Area Code(s)843
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1214 Middle St, Sullivan's Island SC 29482, US
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