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QUICK FACT FRIDAY 2018.05.11
Posted on May 11th, 2018

most significant Revolutionary War defenses, Haddrell's Point Fascine Battery. Constructed in December of 1775, the battery was placed at a strategic location on the southern tip of Haddrell's Point to defend the inner harbor and the Hog Island channel. Named for an early settler, Haddrell's Point was along the shore facing Charles Town and extended from Shem Creek to Cove Inlet.
 
On January 6, 1776, six months prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Patriot troops successfully warded off a British attack from the 58-foot-long battery, equipped with four 18-pound guns and protected by 228 fascines. Fascines were long bundles of sticks bound together used in the building or strengthening of military earthworks, a technique used as early as the Roman Empire era and continued through World War II.
 
Four years later, on May 12, 1780, General Benjamin Lincoln surrendered the American army and Charles Town to British General Sir Henry Clinton, and 274 Patriot officers were held as prisoners of war at this location, including Colonel William Moultrie. In 1791, in a national tour to honor the Patriots and places significant to the American victory, President George Washington was greeted at Haddrell's Point before embarking to Charleston. The site of the battery was later used for Mount Pleasant Mortar Battery and Battery Gary during the Civil War. Its location is at the end of present-day Schweers Lane, adjacent to Pitt Street.
 
 
 
Image credit: Rendering of Haddrell's Point Fascine Battery, courtesy of the South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust.
 
The Town of Mount Pleasant Historical Commission releases Quick Fact Fridays about the history of Mount Pleasant and about the Commission, its programs and activities. Historical facts are drawn largely from the Our History section of the Town's website and the Commission's own Mount Pleasant Historical website and app. Follow their links by clicking on the images below to discover what makes Mount Pleasant such a distinctive historical place!  To receive Quick Fact Friday messages click here to register. To also receive news from the Culture, Arts and Pride Commission, click here to register
 
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