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Quick Fact Friday 2019-11-08
Posted on Nov 8th, 2019

On November 11, 1775, the Defense, with William Henry Drayton, President of the Provincial Congress aboard, entered Hog Island Creek escorting four merchant ships. The intent of the South Carolinians was to scuttle the 4 schooners off Hog Island and deny British warships in the outer harbor use of that channel. The HMS Tamar spotted the Defense and fired 6 shots, which fell short of their intended target, beginning the battle at 4:30 pm. The Defense dropped anchor, fired back, and proceeded to sink 3 of the hulks in the channel. On the following day, November 12, at 4 am., the Tamar, joined by the 8-gun HMS Cherokee, maneuvered closer to the Defense and began firing. During the ensuing 3-hour cannonade, the Defense was able to sink the last hulk. She then withdrew toward Charleston. However, after the departure of the Defense, the HMS Tamar sent an armed boat to the last sunken hulk, set it on fire, and towed it away. A historic marker on Patriots Point commemorates this early, if not decisive, exchange of fire in a war that would last 7 more years.
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 subscribe.
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