Fall 2017

Charleston and the American Revolution, 1776-1785: The Swamp Fox

Charleston and the American Revolution, 1776-1785: The Swamp Fox

From 1781-1782, Charles Towne was under siege by British forces. It was the second time the British had attacked the city, as their first attempt had failed miserably several years before. Charles Towne was the capitol of South Carolina and the center of commerce for the state, and represented a vital point of control forRead more about Charleston and the American Revolution, 1776-1785: The Swamp Fox[…]

Charleston and the American Revolution, 1776-1785: Fort Moultrie

Charleston and the American Revolution, 1776-1785: Fort Moultrie

From the moment they declared secession from the Crown on the steps of the Exchange, Charles Towne was a major player in the struggle for American Independence.  Charles Towne was twice the target of British attacks during the American Revolution, and both times the British wrongly assumed a large base of loyalists within the cityRead more about Charleston and the American Revolution, 1776-1785: Fort Moultrie[…]

Charleston and the American Revolution, 1776-1785: Secession from the British Empire

Charleston and the American Revolution, 1776-1785: Secession from the British Empire

As the French and Indian War came to a close, Charles Towne was a prosperous and vibrant city.  The backcountry was being quickly settled and trade in rice and indigo was expanding.  In a letter to Benjamin Franklin in September of 1768, Peter Timothy wrote, “I do not suppose there is a Colony on theRead more about Charleston and the American Revolution, 1776-1785: Secession from the British Empire[…]

The Colonial Period of Charleston, 1670-1776: Founding and Early Years

The Colonial Period of Charleston, 1670-1776: Founding and Early Years

In 1663, the newly restored-to-the-throne King Charles II granted the Carolina territory to eight of his loyal friends, known as the Lords Proprietors. After seven years of planning, the Lords were finally able to arrange for settlement of the territory. They began with the intended capital of the Carolinas, with what we know today asRead more about The Colonial Period of Charleston, 1670-1776: Founding and Early Years[…]