Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Redoubt Number 3

Marker ID: SCHM 10-61
Location: on 5 Oaks Court, Approx. 150 yards south of Fort Johnson Road along, Charleston, SC.
County: Charleston
Coordinates: N 32° 43.593    W 079° 56.289
  32.72655    -79.93815
Style: Free Standing **


Redoubt Number 3, built here in 1861-62, was one of six identical Confederate earthworks built across the enter of James Island, known collectively as the East Lines. Intended to help defend Charleston from Federal attacks up the Stono River, they were 60 yds. square and built for two guns each. In November 1863 this redoubt was armed with a single 24-pounder smoothbore cannon.

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The East Lines stretched south from a tributary of James Island Creek, on Croskey Royall´s plantation, to Clark Sound, on the Rev. Stiles Mellichamp´s plantation. By late 1863, stronger earthworks, called the New Lines, were built nearer the Stono River, making these lines obsolete. This redoubt and the rest of Charleston´s defenses were evacuated February 17, 1865.

Erected 2008 by The South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust.