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Guide to the Naval History Society Collection
1721-1995 (bulk 1781-1936)
  MS 439

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Series 9. Henry Clinton (1776)

Scope and Content

The collection consists of one volume detailing the attacks on Fort Sullivan (Charleston, SC) by British troops under Sir Henry Clinton and Sir Peter Parker, including transcribed letters between Clinton and Parker; and three engraved maps of the area and the battles.

Historical Note

British troops under the command of Sir Henry Clinton mounted attacks on Fort Sullivan (close to the later site of Fort Sumter) in Charleston harbor by both land and sea in June, 1776, believing its defenses to be incomplete. Britain's plan had been to subdue rebel forces in the southern colonies and muster more support from Tories after their previous defeat at Bunker Hill and continued challenges in the northern colonies. The attacks on Fort Sullivan were repulsed, however, culminating in the withdrawal of British troops and Clinton's return to New York City. The British did not launch subsequent assaults in the south until 1778, returning to Charleston only in May, 1780.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: OS 2 Folder : 4 "A plan of the attack of Fort Sullivan, near Charlestown in South Carolina, by a squadron of His Majesty's Ships on the 28th of June 1776, with the disposition of the King's Land Forces, and the encampments and entrenchments of the Rebels from the Drawings made on the Spot Engraved by Wm. Faden"
1776 August 10
Box: OS 2 Folder : 5 "A N.W. b[y] N. view of Charletown from on board the Bristol Commodore Sir Peter Parker Kn. &c &c taken in Five Fathom Hole the day after the Attack upon Fort Sullivan by the Commodore & his squadron, which action continued 9 hours & 40 minutes."
1776 August 10
Box: OS 2 Folder : 6 "A plan of the military operations against Charlestown, the Army being commanded by L.G. Sir Henry Clinton, K.B. and the fleet by Vice Admiral Arbuthnot, from an original drawing sent by an officer in the Army"
1780 May 27
Volume: 1 "A narrative of the expedition against Charles Town South Carolina under the command of Major General Clinton, Commander in Chief of his Majesties Troops, and Commodore Sir Peter Parker, Commander in Chief of his Majesties Squadron"
1776 May 31 -June 23

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