This weeks newsletter has an article about Breach Inlet, so it is ironic that this news was just released.

 

Bridge may be named for Hunley

 

Wednesday, April 24, 2002

BY DAVID QUICK
Of The Post and Courier Staff

 


     ISLE OF PALMS - A new bridge calls for a new name.
     State and local officials appear ready to name the new bridge spanning Breach Inlet between the Isle of Palms and Sullivan's Island for the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley. The submarine left the inlet the night of Feb. 17, 1864, on its way to sink the Union blockade vessel Housatonic.
     Earlier this month, Rep. Chip Campsen, R-Isle of Palms, introduced a resolution in the Statehouse seeking to name the bridge for the submarine, as well as to put up a historical marker at the inlet. Before ushering the resolution forward, Campsen wrote the mayors of both islands asking for support of the effort.
     "I can think of no better name for our new bridge, considering the euphoria currently surrounding the Hunley," said Campsen in the letter. "My research indicates many histories of the Hunley omit that Breach Inlet was the point of embarkation for the Hunley's fateful voyage into history."
     "A bridge named after the Hunley and a historical marker would be a great way to assure Breach Inlet's role in the Hunley saga is_ not forgotten."
     Sullivan's Island Town Administrator Karen McNamara said Town Council members discussed the naming and didn't have a problem with it. Isle of Palms City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday night to support the name.
     With the consent of the islands, Campsen anticipates no problems getting resolutions passed in both the House and the Senate. The resolution calls on the Transportation Department to name the bridge as suggested.
     Breach Inlet's significance in history, however, is not confined to the Civil War.
     In June 1776, 780 Patriot riflemen fought off 3,000 British troops who attempted to cross the inlet from then-Long Island to Sullivan's Island. A faded historical marker denotes the battle, but the marker is located off the beaten track - in the front yard of a house on Charleston Boulevard.
     The former 38-foot-wide bridge that had spanned Breach Inlet was named for William Thomson, a Revolutionary War hero who led the inlet's defense just days before the Declaration of Independence was signed. The Thomson bridge was built in 1956.
     Campsen said he knows of and appreciates Thomson's significance in the Revolutionary War, but responded, "He had a bridge named for him for 44 years."
     Construction on the new, $8.4 million bridge - which will measure 56 feet wide and include bike lanes and spacious, raised sidewalks - is expected to be complete on Sept. 1, state Transportation Department resident district engineer Jim Roe said.
     One half of the new bridge has been open to two-way traffic since last July. The Thomson bridge was demolished shortly after that.


Used with permission of The Post and Courier and Charleston.Net


    
    

 

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