Nearly covered by this sweep of the marsh, and commanding it as well as the stretch of sand beyond to the Federal
line, was ‘Battery Wagner,’ so named by the Confederates
, in memory of Lieut.-Col. Thomas M. Wagner
, First South Carolina Artillery, killed at Fort Sumter
This field work was constructed of quartz sand, with turf and palmetto log revetment, and occupied the whole width of the island there,--some six hundred and thirty feet. Its southern and principal front was doublebastioned.
Next the sea was a heavy traverse and curtain covering a sally-port.
Then came the southeast bastion, prolonged westerly by a curtain connected with the southwest bastion.
At the western end was another sally-port.
An infantry parapet closed the rear or north face.
It had large bombproofs, magazines, and heavy traverses.
's armament was reported to its commander, July 15, as follows: on sea face, one ten-inch Columbiad,, and two smooth-bore thirty-two-pounders; on southeast bastion, operating on land and sea, one rifled thirtytwo-pounder; on south point of bastion operating on land, one forty-two-pounder carronade; in the curtain, with direct fire on land approach to embrasure, two eight-inch naval shell-guns, one eight-inch sea-coast howitzer, and one thirty-two-pounder smooth-bore; on the flank defences of the curtain, two thirty-two-pounder carronades in embrasures; on the southerly face, one thirty-two-pounder carronade in embrasure; in southwest angle, one ten-inch sea-coast mortar; on bastion gorge, one thirty-two-pounder carronade.
There were also four twelve-pounder howitzers.
All the northerly portion of Morris Island
was in range of Fort Sumter
, the eastern James Island