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The Redcoats were here, 1779

August 24, 2009

In April 1779, 4,000 British soldiers crossed the Savannah River.  By the evening of May 10th, they reached the Ashley River without opposition and camped near Bees Ferry.  On the morning of the 11th they crossed the river.  The British troops advanced down Dorchester Road, where a skirmish took place and the victorious British proceeded down Neck on Meeting Street without resistance.   They  built siege lines and earthworks in what is now North Charleston near their headquarters at the Quarter House Tavern.  This tavern was in the vicinity of Meeting Street and Success Street, not far from the Navy Yard.  The British forces withdrew May 13th under the cover of darkness and did not return until the following year.

British earthworks on the Neck looking toward Charles Town

British earthworks on the Neck looking toward Charles Town

In 1780 13,000 men made there way here.  As it still is today, they went through North Charleston.   On March 30th the British came across Bees Ferry.  The outnumbered American militia could not bring out an army to meet the British at the crossing.  The British marched down the Neck to Charles Town and took over the City for two and a half years.

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