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Today In Charleston History: April 8

1758 – Religion

Richard Clark, rector of St. Philip’s, grew a long beard and began to stroll the streets all day yelling, “Repent! Repent! The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” Some took him seriously as a prophet, but most found him amusing, or disturbed. He soon resigned and moved back to England.

1780 – The Siege of Charlestown

In the afternoon the British fleet weighed anchor and nine warships and three transports moved up the channel to Ft. Moultrie. At half past four Peter Timothy said that “the Admiral has received & returned the Fire of Fort Moultrie and passed it without any apparent Damage.” They landed at Fort Johnson on James Island. 

In less than ninety minutes eleven British ships had sailed past and were safely out of the range of Ft. Moultrie’s forty guns.

Left: Plan for the British Siege of Charlestown. Right: British fleet sails past Ft. Moultrie.

Left: Plan for the British Siege of Charlestown. Right: British fleet sails past Ft. Moultrie.

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