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Today In Charleston History: July 5


The vestry of St. Philip’s Church signed a tax-list for £1000, authorized to use for the relief and maintenance of the poor.


Charles Pinckney, was admitted the South Carolina bar.

1770-American Revolution – Foundations. Charleston Firsts 

The statue of William Pitt was dedicated at Meeting and Broad Streets – the first commemorating a public figure in America – and placed upon a pedestal. A flag with “Pitt and Liberty” was raised. Members of the Club Forty-five led the crowd in three “hurrahs!” That evening Club Forty-five hosted a party at Mr. Dillon’s Tavern where forty-five toasts were drunk.

pitt statue

TOP: Map of Charles Town illustrating location of Pitt statue, Broad and Meeting Streets BOTTOM: Pitt statue in Washington Park. RIGHT: Pitt statue today, in the lobby of Charleston County courthouse










1781-British Occupation

Col. Issac Hayne led 100 horsemen of his militia unit and captured General Andrew Williamson, known at the “Benedict Arnold of the South.” Williamson was an American who had joined the British after the capture of Charles Town. In fear that Williamson would be hanged, Lt. Col. Balfour sent out men to attempt a rescue.


Frémont_1856John C. Fremont, who was suspended from the College of Charleston three months short of graduation on a morals charge, was appointed second lieutenant in the Corps of Topographical Engineers


Susan Petigru King and her sister Caroline Carson traveled to Sharon Springs, New York to spend the summer at a health resort, looking for a cure of Caroline’s tumor. In Charleston, the women’s long absence away from their husbands and children provoked gossip. They were:    

Susan Petigru King Bowen, in later life

Susan Petigru King Bowen, in later life.

two young women without their husbands, & far from all those upon whom they have any claim … their situation is dreadful … calculated to excite the suspicion of all discreet people.

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