part well, and never splintered.
Therefore has the palmetto ever since been taken as the emblem of the State
, and is dear to the hearts of her people, for it is also the symbol of courage and resolution.
Night closed in, but the battle still continued.
The whole population of Charleston
, including old men and women, spent the entire night on the wharfs and at White Point
garden, trying to guess by the flashes of the artillery which side was gaining the victory.
The firing gradually slackened, and at eleven o'clock ceased; but it was not until morning, that they knew that the “bonnie blue flag,” still floated from Fort Moultrie
Some hours later they saw the English ships sail off on the ebb tide, looking far more handsome in the eyes of the weary watchers than they had ever done before.
The proud fleet was defeated and driven off. The Bristol
had forty men killed, and seventy-one wounded. Every man who was stationed in the beginning of the action on her quarter deck, was either killed or wounded.
The Experiment had twenty-three killed, and seventy-six wounded. The Acteon
had nine killed, and six wounded. The Solbay
had eight wounded. Sir Peter Parker
was wounded; and Lord William Campbell
the late Governor
of the Province, who had voluntered his services in the expedition, received a wound which eventually occasioned his death.
The loss of the garrison was comparatively trifling; they had ten killed, and twenty-two wounded, and after this successful defense, South Carolina
had a respite of three years from the calamities of war.
won much renown in this affair by replacing the State
flag, that was shot down by the English
, under fire
. Governor Rutledge
the day after the battle presented his own silver mounted sword to him, and complimented him before the entire regiment.
A monument commenorative of his gallant action has also been erected by the “Palmetto guard,” in Charleston
, which was unveiled on the centennial anniversary of the battle, June 28th, 1876.
Colonel Frank Huger
, Captain Harleston
's grandfather, was also a soldier, but he was chiefly noted for the daring attempt he made along with a young German, to deliver General LaFayette
from the Austrian prison
I have seen letters from General LaFayette
to Colonel Huger
, in which he styles himself “your devoted, affectionate and grateful friend, Lafayette
At the age of sixteen Captain Harleston
began his training as a soldier, at the South Carolina
Military Academy, where he remained four years, graduating at twenty with the first honor of the Institute