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[Three views of South Carolina]

At the beginning of the war, the British tried unsuccessfully to capture Charleston, South Carolina, the primary port in the southern colonies. They hoped its fall would turn the South in its favor. London publisher William Faden issued these three views illustrating the Battle of Sullivan’s Island, which occurred at the entrance to Charleston’s harbor on June 28, 1776. The top and bottom left scenes depict the rebel encampments and fort, hastily constructed of spongy palmetto logs and sand. The use of these absorbent materials helped the fort withstand the attack by British cannons. The bottom right view shows Charleston after the ten-hour battle.

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Creator

Faden, William, 1749-1836

Date

1776

Name on Item

Wm. Faden.

Publisher

Wm. Faden

Scale

Scale not given

Language

English

Location

George Washington's Mount Vernon

Collection (local)

Richard H. Brown Revolutionary War Map Collection at Mount Vernon

Subjects
  • Fort Moultrie, Battle of, S.C., 1776--Aerial views--Early works to 1800
  • Charleston (S.C.)--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Aerial views--Early works to 1800
Places
  • Charleston
  • Charleston (county)
  • North and Central America
  • South Carolina
  • United States
Extent

3 views on 1 sheet : hand col. ; 14 x 59 cm or smaller, on sheet 49 x 79 cm.

Terms and License
  • No known copyright restrictions.
  • This work is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License (CC BY-NC-SA).
Notes
  • Three bird's-eye views of Charleston, S.C. area, mounted on linen.
  • Relief shown pictorially.
  • Includes captions and references.
  • "To Commodore Sir Peter Parker Knt. &c. &c. &c. this view is most humbly dedicated and presented by Lt. Colonel Thos. James Rt. Rt. of Artillery ..."

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