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Fort Walker (Hilton Head) was an American Civil War Confederate fort located on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina at the mouth of Port Royal Sound.


Built with slave labor during 1861, the fort was to defend against a Union blockade of one the south’s most important ports at Port Royal.[1] Fort Walker along with the Confederate Fort Beauregard on the opposite side of Port Royal Sound was the site of the Battle of Port Royal during November 1861. After the battle the fort was renamed Fort Welles by the occupying Union forces.[2]


Today the site of the fort ruins is marked with a historical marker and located on Fort Walker Drive,[3] Hilton Head, SC.


  1. Holmgren, Virginia C. (1959). Hilton Head: A Sea Island Chronicle. Hilton Head: Hilton Head Island Publishing Company. pp. 81. 
  2. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>"Fort Welles - FortWiki Historic U.S. and Canadian Forts". Retrieved 2015-10-25.
  3. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>"Historic Sites". Retrieved 2015-10-25.

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