Thursday, January 29, 2009

Sullivan's Island


Sullivan's Island lies in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina. Small posts on the island provided good sea defense for the settlers of Charleston. Sullivan's Fort was still under construction in 1776 when defenders successfully repelled the British fleet from behind palmetto-log walls.




The third fort on the site, Ft. Moultrie, was erected in 1809. In 1827, Edgar Allen Poe served at the Fort, and he subsequently used Sullivan's Island as the setting for his short story, "The Gold Bug."




During the Second Seminole War, the U.S. Army sent Osceola and over 200 other Seminole to Charleston by steamship. They arrived at Ft. Moultrie on January 1, 1838.




Osceola was housed in officer's quarters, reputedly attended a play in Charleston, received visitors, and had his portrait painted. His health failed, and Osceola died of malaria on January 30, 1838. Osceola's remains are buried at Ft. Moultrie, which is part of Ft. Sumter National Monument, administered by the National Park Service. (Source: Slavery In America)

1 comment:

  1. THIS MORNING I WAS LISTENING TO THE RADIO WHILE DRIVING INTO WORK AND SULLIVAN ISLAND CAME UP. ABOUT HOW IT WAS THE GATEWAY TO PORT FOR NEWLY ARRIVAL SLAVES. WHICH WAS SOMETHING I DID NOT KNOW NOR REMEMBER EVER BEING TAUGHT IN SCHOOL, PLUS HOW THIS IS ALSO INFORMATION THAT IS NOT SOMETHING THEY HAVE IN THEIR TOURIST GUIDES.

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