Battery White now open to the public again

•September 22, 2008 • Comments Off on Battery White now open to the public again

History buffs will be pleased to learn that Battery White is once again open to the public.  Visitors are welcome to park at the Yacht Club.  Larger groups interested in visiting the site should call Cathy Miller at Belle Isle Yacht Club at 843.527.1423 or e-mail BIYC (at) aol (dot) com.  (Please forgive the odd notation — we’re trying to cut down on spam.  Simply replace (at) with @ and (dot) with a period.)

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Battery White nominated to register of historic places

•November 24, 1976 • Comments Off on Battery White nominated to register of historic places

The history of Battery White presented on this site was originally developed by Kappy McNulty and Donald R. Sutherland of the Historic Preservation Division of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. They prepared the nomination form proposing that Battery White be added to the National Register of Historic Places in November of 1976. You can view a pdf version of the nomination form on the Documentation page.

Belle Isle Gardens closed to the public

•September 1, 1974 • Comments Off on Belle Isle Gardens closed to the public

After almost thirty years, Belle Isle Gardens closes, limiting public access to the historic Battery White battlement.

Belle Isle Gardens and Battery White opened to the public

•June 1, 1946 • Comments Off on Belle Isle Gardens and Battery White opened to the public

Battery White remained undisturbed for more than 100 years being part of the Belle Isle Plantation. During the late 19th Century the plantation was extensively landscaped, and circa 1946 the gardens were opened to to the public.

(Adapted from the nomination form proposing that Battery White be added to the National Register of Historic Places. See the complete form (pdf) on our Documentation page.)

Harvest Moon sinks

•March 1, 1865 • Comments Off on Harvest Moon sinks

With the occupation of Georgetown accomplished, Dahlgren reported heading for Charleston on March 1, 1865. As the Harvest Moon began its way down the harbor, however, it struck a torpedo and sank. (At low tide, the remains of this vessel can still be seen.)

(Adapted from the nomination form proposing that Battery White be added to the National Register of Historic Places. See the complete form (pdf) on our Documentation page.)

Battery White could have defended Winyah Bay

•February 28, 1865 • Comments Off on Battery White could have defended Winyah Bay

On February 28, 1865, Rear-Admiral Dahlgren of the Flagship Harvest Moon reported on the state of Battery White:

“The battery was found to be a well-constructed and formidable work, mounting 15 guns, of which 2 are x-inch columbiads. The previous accounts of this battery had varied so much as to render our knowledge of it uncertain. Generally, it had been much underrated and supposed to be unable to resist the attack of a single vessel or a few men. But we can now understand that it was well placed, well constructed, and strongly armed, so that we should have had some trouble to reduce it if well manned.

(Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series I, Vol. 16 (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1903), p. 273.)

Georgetown falls, Slavery abolished

•February 26, 1865 • Comments Off on Georgetown falls, Slavery abolished

On February 26, 1865, Rear-Admiral Dahlgren of the Flagship Harvest Moon reported the occupation of Battery White and Georgetown. He proclaimed slavery abolished and established martial law.

(Adapted from the nomination form proposing that Battery White be added to the National Register of Historic Places.  See the complete form (pdf) on our Documentation page.)