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Today In Charleston History: January 13

1680

Four acres of land were granted to Anglican minister, Rev. Atkin Williamson, by Originall Jackson who wrote he was:

excited with a pious zeal for the propagation of the true religion which we profess … the divine service according to the form and liturgy now established to be duly and solemnly performed by Atkin Williamson.

One year later, Rev. Williamson was dismissed from the pulpit “for baptizing a bear while drunk.” Whether it was the bear or the reverend that was drunk was never specified. 

1733 – Arrivals
James Oglethorpe

James Oglethorpe

James Oglethorpe and the first settlers for Georgia arrive in Charlestown on the Anne. The merchants of Charlestown were excited and supportive of the new Georgia colony. An English settlement between St. Augustine and Charlestown to them it meant greater security against the Spanish.

The Assembly voted £2000 for the assistance of the Georgia effort and Colonel William Bull accompanied the expedition several days later when they sailed to Beaufort.

1865

Preparations for Sherman’s expected attack on Charleston were under way. Charleston’s military officials had reports that both the Union Seventeenth and Fifteenth corps were moving up the coast from Savannah.

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