Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Battle of Port Royal

Marker ID: SCHM 7-7
Location: Ft. Walker Drive, Port Royal Plantation, Hilton Head Island, SC
County: Beaufort
Coordinates: N 32° 14.103    W 080° 40.696
  32.23505    -80.67826666
Style: Free Standing **


A decisive battle in the Civil War took place here on Nov. 7, 1861, when 18 Union warships with about 55 supporting craft led by Adm. S. F. DuPont bombarded for 4 112 hours the Confederate forces in Fort Walker on this shore and Fort Beauregard on the opposite point. Aboul 13,000 troops under Gen. Thomas W. Sherman then landed on this beach to establish the main Union blockade base on the South Atlantic coast.

Erected by Hilton Head Island Historical Society