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Cannon on the Battery



White Point Gardens is located at the point where the Ashley and Cooper Rivers meet. Most Charlestonians know it simply as the Battery. It is a beautiful and historic place. Pirates were hanged here in Charleston’s earlier days. During the Civil War it was the site of Battery Ramsey, part of Charleston’s inner line of defense. Today, the Battery is a popular place for visitors with many types of monuments and artillery on display. One of the earliest memorials to the Hunley is located here. The particular gun shown is a Dahlgren cannon that was salvaged during the War from the damaged Federal ship U.S.S. Keokuk. The story of how this cannon, weighing 15,700 pounds, was recovered under the very eyes of the Federal fleet is a study in courage and resourcefulness.

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