Monday, January 24, 2011

The Grand Strand's Ties to the Civil War-- Part 2

Continued from Jan. 17, 2011.

FORT RANDALL-- Built to protect blockade-runners and to protect the village of Little River. It was built sometime before March, 1861, before Fort Sumter was fired upon. It is located on what today is known as Tilghman Point.

The inlet was a haven for smaller blockade-runners during the early part of the war.

Confederate Major A.B. Magruder at Wilmington, NC, wrote: "Run into the mouth of Little River, a small stream...near the boundary line of North and South Carolina. ...It is not down on the charts nor on the coast survey, and it's existence even- certainly its harbor and anchorage ground- is certainly its harbor and anchorage ground- is hardly known to any Yankee. Communications from a little village or post-office called Little River, about 4 or 6 miles from the mouth, are readily had with the interior."

The fort was captured in January 1863 by Union navy Lt. William Cushing (who later sank the Confederate ironclad Albemarle and continually led operations along the coast) who held it briefly before running out of ammunition. There is a marker for the fort located at the intersection of North Myrtle Pointe Boulevard and US-17.

Still More to Come. Heading South to Murrell's Inlet. --Old B-Runner

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