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Today In Charleston History: September 2

1706 – Queen Anne’s War

A joint French and Spanish attack upon Charles Town  is repulsed when English Colonial forces capture a French vessel. Governor Nathaniel Johnson and Lieutenant Colonel William Rhett lead the successful defense of Charles Town against a combined force of Spanish, French, and Native American combatants who sailed into Charleston harbor from St. Augustine..

1863 – Bombardment of Charleston

Ft. Sumter was demolished. John Johnson, a Confederate engineer, wrote:

The fort had now lost all offensive character, but it had been firmly decided by the [Confederate] general commanding to hold it in a defensive way to the last extremity.


Ft. Sumter


Ft. Sumter


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