2010 British Encampment
Contact: Jeff Jones, (843) 883-3123
The National Park Service will commemorate the 230th anniversary of the 1780 siege of Charleston with a British encampment at Fort Moultrie on Saturday, May 15, 2010. Living history programs will start at 10:00 a.m. and last until 4:00 p.m. The normal entrance fee to Fort Moultrie will be waived for the day.
Programs will include historic weapons demonstrations, children’s musket programs, and presentations on the siege and the subsequent British control of the city for the last two and a half years of the American Revolution.
Volunteer reenactors portraying the 7th and 64th Regiments of Foot and the Royal North Carolina Regiment will be encamped around the fort presenting programs to the public throughout the day. The loss of Charleston to the British was a tremendous blow to the Patriot’s cause but led to the pivotal Southern Campaign in the Carolinas and Virginia that concluded with the American victory at Yorktown.
Fort Moultrie, a unit of Fort Sumter National Monument, is located at 1214 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, 29482. The fort and visitor center are open daily from 9:00-5:00 except for New Year’s, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Days. For more information, call (843) 883-3123.
Did You Know?
The palmetto tree has been a symbol of South Carolina since June 28, 1776 because the first Fort Moultrie was built of palmetto logs. The battle of Sullivan's Island was the Revolutionary War's first decisive victory of American forces over the British Navy. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC