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Battery 5, James Island New Lines

Seaside Plantation Drive, Charleston, SC 29412, USA

Battery 5, a Confederate earthwork constructed in 1863 under the direction of Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard, commander of the Departments of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, was the eastern terminus of the James Island Siege Line. Intended to anchor the Confederate defenses of James Island and overlooking Seaside Creek and the Secessionville peninsula, this battery is an excellent intact example of a Civil War earthwork.


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From I-26 take exit for U.S. Highway 17 south toward Savannah; cross over Ashley River, take Highway 171 for 5 miles, and turn left onto Burclair Drive. Cross Secessionville Road to Seaside Plantation, then take second road on the right.

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