MARCH

March 1

1711 -- Because the congregation of St. Philip's Anglican Church was outgrowing its building at the corner of Broad and Meeting streets, the colonial Assembly passed an "Act for Erecting a New Brick Church" on the east side of Church Street, just above Queen Street.

1770 -- A committee appointed by members of the Charleston Library Society made their report recommending that fundraising should be undertaken for the creation of a school, a predecessor of the College of Charleston. (Source: A History of the College of Charleston, p. 11)

March 3

1986 -- News & Courier columnist Ashley Cooper wrote a piece recalling the grand Charleston Hotel, describing it as: “one of the few remaining links with the romantic days of terrapin soup, gas lights and visiting royalty.”

March 6

1750 -- The Rev. Robet Stone wrote in a letter: "in Goose Creek ... health was so bad that fourty-five was considered the common age of man." (Source: Goose Creek: A Definitive History, p. 56)

March 8

1737 -- The journal of the Commons House of Assembly authorized payment for "beef killed" and used by the Goose Creek Company during the "time of the Negro insurrection," providing documentation of one of the slave uprisings in the Lowcountry. (Soutce: Goose Creek: A Definitive History, p. 90)

March 18

1758 -- The Assembly denied Lt. Col. Henry Bouquet's demand that they pay for his soldiers' housing. Among those who were opposed were Peter Manigault, Christopher Gadsden, Charles Pinckney, Henry Laurens and Rawlins Lowndes, writing "Officers and Soldiers cannot, legally or constitutionally, be quarter'd in private Houses, without the special Consent of the Owners or Possessors of such Houses."

March 19

1785 -- Because "the proper education of youth is essential to the happiness and prosperity of every community," the General Assembly of South Carolina passed an "act for erecting and establishing" the College of Cambridge in the district of Ninety-Six, Mt. Zion College in the district of Camden, and the College of Charleston, in or near the city of Charleston. (Source: A History of the College of Charleston, p. 1)

March 28

1780 -- Sir Henry Clinton and his troops make camp at Drayton Hall along the Ashley River.

March 30

1780 -- Leading a large contingent of British soldiers, Sir Henry Clinton set up camp near what today is Hampton Park and began bringing his troops over at Gibbes’ Landing. In his journal, a Hessian jager (or sharpshooter) Capt. Johann Ewald relates that they were posted at Grove Plantation, where he “did picket duty in one of the most beautiful pleasure gardens of the world.”

The demolition of the Charleston Hotel, which site we visit on our Lost Charleston Tour, is considered to be one of the city's biggest architectural losses.
We visit historic St. Philip's Church, seen here as it appeared in 1723, on our Charleston Overview Tour.
Clinton landed his troops at Gibbes Landing to set up the British siege line near what today is Hampon Park.