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Today In Charleston History: December 29

1779

The British captured Savannah, Georgia, giving them a strong base to build up a land force in the South. It placed South Carolina and Charlestown, directly in the sights of British troops.

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Savannah Marker, photo by author.

1811

Joel Poinsett of Charleston arrived in Santiago, Chile. President James Madison had appointed him as Consul in General to investigate the prospects of the revolutionists in Chile and Argentina, in their struggle for independence from Spain.

1899

     The South Carolina Jockey Club voted to disband and donate the club’s property to the South Carolina Library Society.  As the News & Courier noted:

The prospects of the amusement of horse racing on a respectable and financially safe footing have proved hopeless and the South Carolina Jockey Club finds itself the owner of property which can no longer be utilized for the purpose  in which it was formed …

Read this great on-line manuscript about the Jockey Club.

Washington Race Track - 1857. A one-mile loop around what is present day Hampton Park. Library of Congress

Washington Race Track – 1857. A one-mile loop around what is present day Hampton Park. Library of Congress

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