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While I knew that South Carolina had more Revolutionary War battles than any other colony, I didn't know much about its history. Apparently after the War of Northern Aggression, otherwise known as the U.S. Civil War (not that there was anything civil about the war), U.S. history was rewritten, not only for the Civil War years, but for the Revolutionary War Years as well. The move was to make it more Northern-centric and more based on General Washington. As a result, a lot of the history of battles in the southern states, most of which were actually fought between loyalists (colonists supporting the crown) and patriots, was lost with respect to being taught in school.
On September 15, 1775, General Moultrie's Second Regiment of Provincial Troops, under the command of Colonel Isaac Motte, were on the march to take Fort Johnson, on the east side of James Island, South Carolina. They encountered gail-force wind and rain and when they finally reached the fort, discovered that the British forces had fled the base a few days earlier. Once the British fleet saw the cannons all aimed towards their ships, they also fled, to Jamaica. After the British fled, the patriots continued to upgrade the fort. It is estimated that it held 60 heavy cannons by June of 1776.
There's obviously more to the story, but I wanted to capture how they must have felt, knowing that the former occupants had already fled, and seeing the British fleet pull up anchor and set sail. I really like how this turned out and I hope y'all do as well. Enjoy!
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