The Battle of Honey Hill, S.C.
Nearby Locations to Visit
Copyright 1997, 1998 by Gary W. Myers. All rights reserved.


Note: Public Access to the Battle Site Is Not Currently Permitted

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Visit the Honey Hill exhibit at the USMC Museum at Parris Island, SC,
where the photograph of this diorama was taken.

Beaufort National Cemetery
Most of the soldiers who died in South Carolina during the war are buried here; color photographs depict this beautiful cemetery.

Related Sites of Historical Interest to Visit Near Honey Hill

Excavations at Charlesfort
Dr. DePrater's excavation on Parris Island, c. 1562, and Santa Elena Stanlet South excavation on Parris Island, c. 1566. Both sites are located on a golf course and are open to public.

Beaufort
The Beaufort Museum has some Civil War items and should be visited because of the arsenal building itself. It was originally built in 1795 on the site of Beaufort's first court house. The Beaufort Volunteer Artillery was organized here in April 1775 and was the fifth military unit established in the United States.

Stoney Creek earthworks
The earthworks here, constructed by Robert E. Lee, are now part of the South Carolina Heritage Trust. They can be seen easily from US17/21 but are unmarked, except for conservation easement markers.

Stoney Creek Cemetery
Col. C.J. Colcock's grave is located across the highway from the Battery, situated down a road that crosses Stoney creek on a causeway. Go when dry as it can get very muddy.

Old House and Bolan Church
The Thomas Heyward, Jr. grave is at the junction of SC 462 and SC 333. Heyward was a signer of Declaration of Independence. This is also where Union Troops spent the night before Honey Hill and nursed their wounds afterwards.

Euhaw Church grounds
The original Euhaw Baptist church was established in 1751 on Edisto Island, moved to a site on the Coosawhatchie to Old House road, then moved again in 1907 to the present building in Grahamville, one block south of Holy Trinity. Claims to be the second oldest Baptist congregation in the United States.

Church of the Holy Trinity, Grahamville
Founded 1830 as parish church of St Peters Parish. The present building was constructed in 1858 and escaped destruction by Sherman's troops, who used it as offices and stables. It is an excellent example of "Board and Batten" Episcopal church construction. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Gillisonville Baptist Church
Built in 1838 in the Greek Revival Style. Has communion service which is etched "War 1861-2-3-4, Feb 1865, this was done by a Yankee soldier." Gillisonville Baptist is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Old Sheldon Church
This is the crown Jewel of the area and was built in 1745 as the church of Prince William Parish. It was burned by the British in May 1779. Rebuilt, it was burned again on January 14, 1865 by troops of General Oliver O. Howard, commanding Sherman's right wing coming out of Beaufort. The walls remain today and it is a spectacular place to visit. It truly is stepping back into the history books. This is a National Register of Historic Places site.

Sheldon Chapel at McPhersonville
In a village that was leveled by the Union Troops in 1865, the existing structure was rebuilt on the site of the original on 1893. This is a small church structure not in the normal Episcopal style. The chapel was built by Prince William Planters, who resided in the area during the summer months.

Chapel of Ease on St. Helena Island
It was "on a Sunday morning, November 4, 1861, morning service at St. Helena Island's Chapel of Ease...interrupted by a courier bearing a dispatch...which ..the pastor read...from the pulpit...announced that a great Yankee armada had steamed past Charleston bound for Port Royal." (Tombee by T. Rosengarten 1986). The chapel, like old Sheldon, is now in ruins, burned by a forest fire in 1886.

McPhersonville
A pineland village of wealthy planters who spent at least half the year escaping the harsh hot summers at the plantations in the lower swampy area. Behind the Sheldon chapel about 100 yards down a paved road is the Stoney Creek Presbyterian Church. This was built by the planters of the Stoney Creek Cemetery and where once stood a Presbyterian church. (The church at Stoney Creek cemetery was knocked down by Union troops to make shelters.) This original 1833 building was the only structure left standing as the Union used it for a hospital. The Stoney Creek Presbyterian Church is a highlight of the area because of its purity to the 1800s. It has no electricity, water or heat.

Detail Provided by William Olendorf

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