Having grown up in Charleston, the Battery was just another place to go on the weekends. Playing on the cannons in White Point Gardens or watching seagulls dive for food. I'm sure what we did as kids was no different than generations before us. It was a nice place to hang out. We really didn't pay attention to the antebellum homes like Lous DeSassure House at 1 East Bay or the William Ravenel House at 13 East Bay. But the Battery had been the site of many battles to defend the colony of Charles Town and later Charleston. Two forts occupied this site during the Revolutionary Warand the War of 1812 - Fort Broughton and Fort Wilkins. In 1837 White Point Gardens became a park but with the first shots of the War of North Aggression, it was once again a place of gunfire and canon fire.
In 2012 the City of Charleston embarked on a major project to repair the battery sea walls. The section between low and high battery were replaced. The seawall was first built in 1804 and then in 1909 and 1917 to protect the city from rough seas. For visitors and natives the battery and White Point Gardens serve as a place to relax and soak in the beauty that Charleston has to offer. But when a hurricane like Hugo, Hasell or Gracie come roaring by, the battery is that last line of defense to protect our beautiful city from a raging ocean of water.
By: Larry Freudenberg
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