Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Fort Sherman

Marker ID: SCHM 7-8
Location: Ft. Shennan Dr., left side of road at bike path, Port Royal Plantation, Hilton Head Island, SC
County: Beaufort
Coordinates: N 32° 13.336    W 080° 40.743
  32.22226666    -80.67905
Style: Free Standing **


Completed in 1862, this large earth fort was designed to defend the great Union blockade base on Hilton Head against Confederate land attack. Named after the first Union commander here, Gen. Thomas W. Sherman, the fort consists of two miles of earthworks enclosing a 14-acre area. With other fortifications Fort Sherman formed part of a defensive line five miles long across the north end of the island.

Erected by Hilton Head Island Historical Society-1961