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Fort Pringle (a.k.a. Battery Pringle) is a Confederate artillery battery emplacement located along the banks of the Stono River on James Island in Charleston, South Carolina. The fort is on the National Register of Historic Places.


  • Fort Pringle Interior
  • Captain Robert Pringle

Located along the banks of the historic Stono River, Fort Pringle, also called "Battery Pringle," is a Confederate artillery battery emplacement on James Island in the City of Charleston, South Carolina.

The fort was constructed in 1863 under the direction of General P.G.T. Beauregard as part of the James Island Siege Line. General Beauregard strategically placed the fort at the western end of the Siege Line in order to prevent Union naval access to the Stono River and assist in the defense of James Island from Union ground attack.

The fort is the namesake of Confederate Captain Robert Pringle of Company B, Lucas Battalion, 15th South Carolina Heavy Artillery. Captain Pringle was killed in action during Union bombardment of Battery Wagner, an artillery emplacement on Morris Island, just a short distance away from the location of Fort Pringle. Prior to the war, Captain Pringle was a wealthy plantation and slave owner.  

The fort is believed to have been on the receiving end of some of the heaviest Union naval bombardments delivered at Charleston Harbor. By the end of the Civil War, Fort Pringle was home to nine large cannon.  

Fort Pringle is a primarily earthen fortification measuring 360 ft. x 160 ft. x 400 ft. x 520 ft. It has a parapet wall with a height ranging from 7 1/2 ft. to 12 1/2 ft. The fort's 12 1/2 ft. powder magazine is still located on-site. 

"Fort Pringle," South Carolina Department of Archives and History, accessed Nov. 29, 2014, http://www.nationalregister.sc.gov/charleston/S10817710124/index.htm "Captain Robert Pringle," War Between the States, accessed Nov. 29, 2014, http://warbetweenthestates.com/517/PictPage/3924086652.html