Today In Charleston History: January 20

1672

Secretary Dalton wrote that the number of colonists transported to Carolina by this date was 337 men, 71 women and 62 children – 470. Sixty-four had died, leaving a population of 406.

1733

James Oglethorpe and Col. William Bull explored the territory around the Savannah River together, scouting for a good location for a permanent settlement. They decide on Yamacraw Bluff on the river, where Savannah sits today.

1807

Joel Roberts Poinsett, dined with Czar Alexander at the Palace in Russia. During the meal Alexander attempted to entice Poinsett into the Russian civil or military service. Poinsett was hesitant, which prompted Alexander to advise him to “see the Empire, acquire the language, study the people,” and then decide. Poinsett spent the next several months traveling across Russia.

1837

Angelina and Sarah Grimke began a six-week series of successful lectures about slavery in a New York City Baptist Church.

grimke sisters

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.

Today In Charleston History: October 14

1735 – Religion

At the request of James Oglethorpe and through the offices of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, John Wesley and his brother Charles sailed from Kent, England on the Simmonds to Savannah, as minister to the new settlers.

1776 – American Revolution

The Legislature announced the sale of several hundred chests of tea, which had been stored in the Exchange basement for three years. The tea had been seized from the ship Magna Carta in June 1774. The money from the sale of the tea was used in support of the Patriot cause in South Carolina.

The besement, or "dun

The basement, or “dungeon” of the Exchange.