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Charleston Harbor, SC
Reenactors from the 123rd New York Vol. Inf in August 1992.
The Swamp Angel battery after the gun burst.
The Swamp Angel fired on the city of Charleston on Aug. 22, 1863.
The Swamp Angel shot exploding in Charleston, 1863.
The Marsh Battery, also known as the “Swamp Angel,” was a Union battery constructed in 1863, strategically placed to fire shells directly into the city of Charleston. Armed with a 200-pound rifled and banded Parrott gun, the battery fired its first shot at 1:30 am on August 22, 1863. The large gun burst after its thirty-sixth shot.
The damaged gun is now placed in a monument in Cadwalader Park in Trenton, New Jersey. The Swamp Angel battery site is preserved by the South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust through a permit issued in 1992 by the South Carolina Coastal Council. A simple sign marks the historic site in the marsh between Morris and James Islands.