Bennetts Point gets an official place in history | News | The Press and Standard

by | May 18, 2017 5:00 pm

Last Updated: May 17, 2017 at 1:08 pm

The afternoon of May 13, Bennett’s Point’s place in Civil War history was finally recognized.

A historical marker, entitled “Destruction of the Boston,” was placed near the scene of the battle between the Confederates manning Chapman’s Fort and the Union forces aboard the Boston. The marker was installed in a landscaped area near the Frank E. Baldwin Jr. bridge.

The historical plaque tells the story.

“On May 23-24, Union forces attempted an amphibious operation to destroy a railroad trestle across the Ashepoo River.

“Soldiers from the 54th U.S.C.T. were carried up the Ashepoo on the steamer Boston. The boat was grounded on an oyster bed 500 yards in front of a Confederate position at Chapman’s Fort, approximately one-half mile west of this spot and CSA artillery would lob 200 shells at the Boston

“Using one small rowboat, Lt George Brush of the 34th U.S.C.T. made multiple trips under fire to ferry 400 members of his command to safety. 13 were killed.

“After the Boston was evacuated it was set afire.

“Brush and four other men, William Downey, John Duffy, David Gifford and Patrick Scalan, all of the 4th MA Cavalry, were awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions during the engagement.”

During ceremony held at the S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ Bennetts Point field station, the audience heard from Stephen R. Wise, director of the Parris Island Museum, and retired Major General James Livingston. Livingston received the Medal of Honor while serving as a U.S. Marine captain in Vietnam.

Also speaking was Dewey Wise, a former state senator who led the effort to have the historical marker installed.

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