Castle Pinckney


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Castle Pinckney

Castle Pinckney, fortification on Shutes Folly, an island in the harbor of Charleston, S.C.; built in 1797, when war with France seemed imminent; named for the American diplomat Charles Cotesworth Pinckney. It was a factor in the confrontation at Fort Sumter (1860), the start of the Civil War.
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Union troops, meanwhile, were in tenuous command of harbor fortifications that included Castle Pinckney, on a small island at the mouth of the Cooper River; Fort Moultrie, barely visible from the mainland, on an island at the harbor entrance; and Fort Sumter, on an artificial island some three miles down the harbor.
Robert Anderson, the state seized it and Castle Pinckney. On Dec.

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