Revolutionary & Civil War Fortifications
of Charleston Harbor
2015, 22” wide by 14” tall, colored pencil on cotton rag paper
Legions of battles have been fought within the Charleston Harbor.
Many of the fortifications used during these battles are well known such
as Forts Sumter and Moultrie. Others are not quite as recognizable such
as Fort Hamilton, which was a floating garrison during the Civil War. To
express this history, we have invested significant research time in period
books, maps and journals to document fortifications present during the
Revolutionary and Civil Wars.
It has been colored with colored pencil, which is a fashion similar to that
used by other battlefield cartographers. One in particular, Robert Knox
Sneden of the Union Army during the Civil War, produced copious
battlefield diagrams that we drew inspiration from when developing this
map. When in the heat of battle, colored pencil did not require drying
time and would allow for rapid advancement with the front or a hasty
Revolutionary & Civil War Fortifications of Charleston Harbor is our effort to
describe the long, bloody history that has occurred at the confluence of
the Ashley and Cooper Rivers.