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Battery Tynes, Charleston County (overlooking Stono River, James Island)
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Ditch and Parapet Map of Earthwork

Named after Sergeant Tynes, Lucas Battalion, Regular Artillery (killed on Morris Island 1863), Battery Tynes was constructed in 1863 to deny Union naval forces access to the upper Stono River. It also protected the bridge from James Island to John’s Island. As an element of the western James Island defenses, Battery Tynes supplemented the capabilities of Fort Pemberton and prevented enfilading fire into nearby Fort Pringle. The battery is an earthen redan overlooking the Stono River at Newtown Creek, and has a combined face length of approximately 320 feet and a total depth of approximately 180 feet. The parapet base is approximately 20 feet with a stepped parapet height of 10 to 20 feet. The magazine and bombproof is approximately 15 feet high. Battery Tynes features five gun emplacements, although only four artillery pieces were mounted at the time of capture. It is covered with a heavy growth of trees and vegetation. Listed in the National Register August 11, 1982.

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