Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Riversville / Battle of Secessionville

Marker ID: SCHM 10-34
Location: Eastern end of Fort Lamar Rd., James Island, SC
County: Charleston
Coordinates: N 32° 42.365    W 079° 56.339
  32.70608333    -79.93898333
Style: Free Standing **



Riversville, an antebellum village of fourteen acres, with seven lots on Savannah (later Secessionville) Creek, was established here in 1851 by Constant H. Rivers (1829-1910), who believed that the sandy soils and marsh breezes of James Island would protect inhabitants from the "malarious gases" common to the coast during the summer months.


The village, renamed Secessionville by early 1861, gave its name to the battle fought nearby on June 16, 1862, in which Confederates repulsed numerous Federal assaults on an earthwork built across the peninsula and crushed Union hopes for an early occupation of Charleston. A water battery overlooking the marsh to the northeast was one of several earthworks built here in 1862 and 1863.

Erected by Chicora Foundation, Inc., 1999


More information:
Wikipedia - Battle of James Island
Wikipedia - Charleston, South Carolina in the American Civil War