three against sixteen; but the council of safety order
Chap. XLVI.} 1775. July to Oct.
ed William Moultrie
, colonel of the second regiment, to take possession of Fort Johnson
on James Island
Aware of the design, the governor sent a party to throw the guns and carriages from the platform; and on the fifteenth of September, having suddenly dissolved the last royal assembly ever held in South Carolina
, he fled for refuge to comfortless quarters on board the small man-of-war, the Tamer
During the previous night, three companies commanded by Charles Cotesworth Pinckney
, Bernard Elliott
, and Francis Marion
, under Lieutenant Colonel Motte
, dropped down with the ebb tide from Gadsden
's wharf, landed on James Island
and entered the fort, in which but three or four men remained.
Lord William Campbell
, his secretary, in the boat of the Tamer
, to demand ‘by what authority they had taken possession of his Majesty's fort;’ and an officer appeared and answered: ‘We are American troops, under Lieutenant Colonel Motte
; we hold the fort by the express command of the council of safety.’
‘By whom is this message given?’
Without hesitation the officer replied: ‘I am Charles Cotesworth Pinckney
;’ and the names of Motte
figured in the next despatches of the governor.
was desired to devise a banner; and as the uniform of the colony was blue, and the first and second regiments wore on the front of their caps a silver crescent, he gave directions for a large blue flag with a crescent in the right-hand corner.
A schooner was stationed between Fort Johnson
and the town, to intercept the manof-war's boats.
A post was established at Haddrell's Point, and a fort on Sullivan's Island