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Today In Charleston History: July 15

Rev. George Whitefield - open air preaching

Rev. George Whitefield – open air preaching

Rev. George Whitefield appeared with his counsel, Andrew Rutledge, before an ecclesiastical court at St. Philip’s Church to answer for his violations of Anglican canons and rubries. He was found guilty and suspended. He appealed to the Lords Commissioners appointed by the King for hearing appeals of spiritual cause in his Majesty’s Plantations in America. Whitefield was allowed to continue to practice his ministry until the appeal.


The Hebrew Orphan Society was organized. Although Jewish children could be placed in the Charleston Orphanage House, evidently some were afraid of the Christian training the youth would get.


In a speech on the Missouri Compromise, Charles Pinckney laid out the unwieldy rationale that permeated most of the Southern leaders:

every slave has a comfortable home, is well fed, clothed and taken care of … The great body of slaves are happier in their present situation than they could be in any other and the man or men who would attempt to give them freedom would be their greatest enemies!

West Point locomotive

West Point locomotive

The West Point locomotive started regular service on the Charleston & Hamburg Rail Road, in place of the damaged Best Friend.

1848-Religion. Slavery

A committee of laymen hired a large room, known as Temperance Hall, over a carriage warehouse on Meeting Street for worship services for Calvary Church.

1861 – Blockade Running

Theodora, originally named Carolina, then Gordon, Theodora and finally, Nassau, intermixed privateering with a blockade running and charter service to the Confederate States as a transport and picket ship.

She was built as Carolina at Greenpoint, N.Y., in 1852 for service as a coastal packet out of Charleston, S.C., occasionally crossing to Havana, Cuba. Upon outbreak of Civil War she was strengthened and refitted as the Gordon, under Capt. T. J. Lockwood, and placed in commission as a privateer at Charleston on 15 July 1861.

1926-Jenkins Orphanage Band

Edmund Thornton Jenkins was admitted to the Hospital Tenon in Paris. The diagnosis was appendicitis and he underwent surgery. After being returned to his bed he fell onto the floor sometime during the night where he remained undiscovered for several hours. He contracted pneumonia and his condition worsened. However, for some inexplicable reason, he was released from the hospital and sent home.

Edmund Thorton Jenkins

Edmund Thorton Jenkins.

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