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Plan of the siege of Charlestown in South Carolina

The plan displayed here depicts the Siege of Charleston, S.C., conducted by the British forces in early 1780. In February 1780, British General Henry Clinton's army arrived thirty miles south of Charleston, and began their assault on the city, which was protected by an American force commanded by Gen. Benjamin Lincoln. The British took control of the sea, and effectively cut the American off from any support. This plan was produced for Tarleton's memoir "A History of the Campaigns of 1780 and 1781, in the Southern Provinces of North America." The plan was produced on very heavy laid paper, and does not present any folds or pagination. This plan may be a pre-publication proof or a presentation copy.

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Creator

Tarleton, (Banastre), Lieutenant-General, 1754-1833

Date

1787

Publisher

[s.n.]

Scale

Scale [ca. 1:40,000]

Language

English

Location

George Washington's Mount Vernon

Collection (local)

Richard H. Brown Revolutionary War Map Collection at Mount Vernon

Subjects
  • Charleston (S.C.)--History--Siege, 1780--Maps--Early works to 1800
  • Charleston (S.C.)--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Maps--Early works to 1800
Places
  • Charleston
  • Charleston (county)
  • North and Central America
  • South Carolina
  • United States
Extent

1 map : hand col. ; 26 x 30 cm. on sheet 37 x 54 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
  • Oriented with north to the upper left.
  • Relief shown by hachures.
  • Map published separately but identical to that appearing opposite p. 32 in Tarleton's History of the campaigns of 1780 and 1781 in the southern provinces of North America.
  • Map appearing in Tarleton described in Phillips. List of maps of America in the Library of Congress, p. 223 and in Nebenzahl, K. Bibliography of printed battle plans of the American Revolution 1775-1795, 83.

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