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By Martine Wolfe-Miller, Communications Officer
MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (June 1, 2015) - Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Page, Mount Pleasant Town Council, the Mount Pleasant Planning and Development Department and the Mount Pleasant Historical Commission recently held a dedication ceremony at the new Fort Palmetto Park located at Oyster Point, off Rifle Range Road.
Attendees were treated to interactive signs and historical commentaries and to stunning views from atop a viewing platform intended to replicate the height of and views from the fort’s gun platform.
“The dedication of Fort Palmetto Park marks a very special day for our town and highlights a special partnership between several entities committed to the preservation of history,” said Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Page.
“I would like to thank D.R. Horton for donating the land on which Fort Palmetto stands and the South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust (SCBPT) for managing the easement on the property and for ensuring the preservation of battlegrounds and historical sites in our state,” she said. “Finally, the Mount Pleasant Historical Commission should also be commended for their commitment to collecting and celebrating our exceptional history.”
“The Historical Commission is pleased to recognize SCBPT Executive Director Doug Bostick for his efforts in bringing Fort Palmetto back to life for generations to come,” said Historical Commission Chairman Richard Gutowski. “SCBPT funded the four interactive signs at Fort Palmetto and they have engaged in an effort to map and create digital models of Civil War sites in Mount Pleasant, including another site located along the Christ Church line.”
“Fort Palmetto is listed on the National Register of Historic Places,” said SCBPT Executive Director Doug Bostick. “The importance of Fort Palmetto may be measured by the fact that the position mounted one 9-inch gun and two rifled 32-pounders at capture, while the remainder of the line was unarmed.”
Fort Palmetto was the easternmost position in the Christ Church Parish line of defense. Commanding Hamlin Sound and Dewee's Creek, it was designed to deny Union naval support of any attack on Charleston from the northeastern side. The Christ Church line was laid out by Robert E. Lee and constructed in late 1861.
“The fort is a three-gun battery approximately 160 feet long and 80 feet deep. Although a simple open battery, Fort Palmetto has unusually high relief with a parapet approximately 15 feet in height and a magazine approximately 25 feet above the surrounding terrain. These elevations provided better visibility over Hamlin Sound in addition to presenting a more formidable appearance,” added Bostick.
For more information about Fort Palmetto, to view models and short narratives, visit us online at www.tompsc.com and click on Our History Website>Resource Center.