The first Morris Island Lighthouse, was built in 1767 by decree of His Majesty King George III. The original 102-foot brick tower burned whale oil in lamps. It was captured by Union troops in April 1863 and held for the remainder of the Civil War. (In all, 164 lights were forcibly discontinued during the Civil War on the southern coasts).
The lighthouse had to be rebuilt after the war, and a new black-and-white striped tower stood 161 feet high. The light was automated in 1938, and extinguished in 1962. Erosion of land caused the Coast Guard to begin construction of a new lighthouse in 1960. The new light was commissioned on June 15, 1962. The tower stands 163 feet high on the north side of Charleston Harbor entrance on Sullivans Island.
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