Initially called the Tower Battery because of its 75-foot observation tower, Fort Lamar was renamed for Col. Thomas G. Lamar, who commanded Confederate troops at the fort during the Battle of Secessionville on June 16, 1862. In this fierce battle, Lamar's men repulsed a Union army that outnumbered the defenders three-to-one and saved Charleston.
Sullivan's Island, South Carolina | Confederate and South Carolina troops, under the direction of Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard, bombarded the Union garrison commanded by Maj. Robert Anderson beginning April 12, 1861, signaling the start of the American Civil War.
Charleston, South Carolina | 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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