Carolina Day

Posted By Bill Payer on Jun 25, 2022 | 0 comments

Tuesday, June 28 will mark Carolina Day…formerly known as Palmetto Day. The event marks the anniversary of the Battle of Sullivan’s Island. Local historical group,The Palmetto Society, says they have been celebrating that victory over the British since 1777.

“On June 28, 1776, an assault by combined British naval and other military forces attempted to seize Charles Town, at the time, the fourth largest city in British North America, but far and away the wealthiest city in Britain’s American empire. A small force of Carolina patriots responded to this attack; they included South Carolinians, North Carolinians and Native Americans — all commanded by Colonel William Moultrie and Colonel William “Danger” Thomson.

             Defending Breach Inlet and Fort Sullivan, a partially completed palmetto fort, the Carolinians defied the odds and successfully repelled the invasion force. In particular, Colonel Thomson’s crack sharpshooters turned back a poorly planned invasion at Breach Inlet. On the other side of Sullivan’s Island, Colonel Moultrie’s palmetto logs held together enormous.” For more from CLICK HERE

TDefense of Fort Sullivan by Johannes Adam Simon Oertel (1823-1909), engraving, 1858 (public domain)

To see the Palmetto Society’s schedule of Carolina Day events CLICK HERE

And to look at an informative article from Charleston Living magazine CLICK HERE

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