Isle of Palms in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Major General Charles Cornwallis established a brigade headquarters not far from this site on or around June 19, 1776. His brigade was part of a British army under the command of Sir Henry Clinton, which had occupied this island as a staging point for attacking the palmetto log fort on Sullivan's Island. This was Cornwallis's first major command in America.
Cornwallis's troops were prevented from crossing Breach Inlet on June 28, 1776, by the fire of S. C. Rangers on the opposite shore. The British were defeated and sailed for New York. Cornwallis returned in 1780 as second in command of the army that captured Charles Town. Left in command of the South, he finally surrendered at Yorktown on October 19, 1781.
Erected 2005 by replacing a marker erected in 1972 by the South Carolina Society, Sons of the American Revolution. (Marker Number 10-11.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Sons of the American Revolution marker series.
Location. 32° 46.612′ N, 79° 48.481′ W. Marker is in Isle of Palms, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on Charleston Blvd., on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. British Attack at Breach Inlet / Battery Marshall (approx. 0.4 miles away); Victory at Breach Inlet (approx. 0.4 miles away); Battle of Sullivanís Island (approx. 0.4 miles away); Charles Town in the American Revolution (approx. 0.4 miles away); Liberty or Death (approx. 0.4 miles away); Thomson Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Plant - a - Palm (approx. 1.7 miles away); African American Cemetery (approx. 1.9 miles away).
Also see . . . United States History - Charles Cornwallis. During the 1760s and early 1770s, Cornwallis regularly spoke out against the repressive tax policies that Britain was imposing on its American colonies. However, his sympathy did not extend to support for independence and he joined British forces in America in August 1776. (Submitted on January 29, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 29, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 716 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 29, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.