Historic Markers Across South Carolina

British Attack at Breach Inlet / Battery Marshall

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Location: at the intersection of Jasper Boulevard (State Highway 703) and Middle Street, Sullivans Island, SC
County: Charleston
Coordinates: N 32° 40.88    W 079° 58.043
  32.68133333    -79.96738333
Style: Mounted **
Status: The marking is missing.


British Attack at Breach Inlet

In 1776, a force of British Army regulars attempted to cross Breach Inlet in an effort to capture Fort Sullivan (Fort Moultrie). Their advance was thwarted and many British lives lost when their boats were caught in treacherous currents while under fire from Colonel Thomson´s Eutawville sharpshooters who had erected a temporary fort near this spot overlooking Breach Inlet.

Battery Marshall

In 1864, the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley departed from Battery Marshall near this spot on Sullivan´s Island. It passed through Breach Inlet on assignment to sink the U.S.S. Housatonic. The Hunley crew signaled Battery Marshall that their mission was successful, but the submarine sank. The wreck of the H.L. Hunley and crew were recovered in 2000.


More information:
Friends of the Hunley
Wikipedia - H. L. Hunley (submarine)
Wikipedia - South Carolina in the American Civil War
Wikipedia - Fort Sumter
Wikipedia - Fort Moultrie
Wikipedia - Charleston, South Carolina in the American Civil War