The Siege of Charleston, 1780

The Siege of Charleston, 1780 (HMQDJ)

Location: Charleston, SC 29403 Charleston County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 47.187', W 79° 56.198'

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(Front text)
The British capture of Charleston in May 1780 was one of the worst American defeats of the Revolution. On March 30-31 Gen. Henry Clinton's British, Hessian, and Loyalist force crossed the Ashley River north of Charleston. On April 1 Clinton advanced against the American lines near this site, held by Gen. Benjamin Lincoln's Continentals and militia. The 42-day siege would be the longest of the war.
(Reverse text)
As Gen. Charles Cornwallis closed off Lincoln's escape routes on the Cooper River, Clinton advanced his siege lines and bombarded Charleston. On May 12, 1780, in front of the American works near this spot, Lincoln surrendered the city and his force of 6,000 men, after what one British officer called "a gallant defense." The British occupied Charleston for more than 2 1/2 years, evacuating Dec. 14, 1782.
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HM NumberHMQDJ
Series This marker is part of the Sons of the American Revolution series
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Marker Number10-65
Year Placed2010
Placed ByThe South Carolina Societies of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Sons of the American Revolution, and the Maj. Gen. William Moultrie Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 3:14pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 599576 N 3628113
Decimal Degrees32.78645000, -79.93663333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 47.187', W 79° 56.198'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 47' 11.22" N, 79° 56' 11.88" W
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Area Code(s)843
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 388-398 King St, Charleston SC 29403, US
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