SEPTEMBER

September 4

1765 -- Christopher Gadsden, Thomas Lynch and John Rutledge set sail for the illegally called Stamp Act Congress in New York City. Gadsden, ever the ardent Patriot, served as chair of the committee that drafted resolutions condemning the act.

September 9

1739 -- The bloodiest slave revolt in colonial America began near what is today the Stono River Bridge on Highway 17, about 20 miles south of Charleston. 

September 10

1859 -- L.E.A. Shier, sometimes known as the Trillium Angel, died aged four years, 11 months and 13 days, a victim of the "bilious fever" epidemic that was going around after an unusally hot, humid summer.

September 11

1859 -- L.E.A. Shier, 4, was buried at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Goose Creek.

1960 -- Hurricane Donna passes by the Carolina coastline, spawning a tornado that brought down three walls of the Bennett Rice Mill, c. 1844.

September 14

1752 -- The first breezes of what would become the Great Hurricane of 1752 began to pick up during the afternoon.

September 15

1752 -- One of the strongest hurricanes ever to strike the East Coast came ashore, blowing a large ship anchored in Charleston Harbor up Vanderhorst Creek (today's Water Street), striking the meeting house of a group of Baptists who had recently split from the city's main congregation, and finally coming to rest near Meeting Street.

1703 -- Ruth Brewton, future wife of William Pinckney and mother of Col. Charles Pinckney, was born.

September 18

1857 -- Sarah Ann Lowry Lofton died in Christ Church Parish, one of the first three victims of the great epidemic that roared through Mt. Pleasant that year.

September 20

1857 -- Samuel H. Loften, who probably brought the epidemic ashore that year, died in Christ Church Parish, just two days after his wife.

September 21/22

1989 -- At midnight, the eye of Hurricane Hugo, a category 4 storm, passed over Cove Inlet between Mt. Pleasant and Sullivans Island.

September 27

1718 -- A patrol of pirate bounty hunters under the command of Colonel William Rhett spotted Bonnet in the Cape Fear River inlet. (Rhett was actually looking for another pirate, Charles Vane, at the time.)

1902 -- The Evening Post, in its coverage of the opening of the new Commercial Club, noted that the building's fourth floor was enclosed in glass that could be opened, "making a delightful resort to spend the evenings during the summer months."

September 28

1854 -- L.E.A. Shier was born to Aaron and Mary Shier of Goose Creek.

September 29

 

September 30

1838 -- James Matthews shares horrifying stories of being an enslaved person sent to the notorious "Sugar House" for punishment.

Though research has yet to reveal the full name of L.E.A. Shier, who died when she was just four, today we know her as the Trillium Angel of St. James Goose Creek Chapel of Ease, a site we visit on our Day on the Cooper River Tour.
One of the great examples of antebellum industrial architecture of its time, the story of the Bennett Rice Mill is a part of our Lost Charleston Tour.
We discuss the legacy of one of Carolina's most prominent families as we visit the memorial of Col. Charles Pinckney at Christ Church on our French Santee Tour. We share the tragic story of the Lofton family there as well.
One of Charleston's most historic events occured within our lifetime, when Hurricane Hugo changed the Lowcountry forever, an event we discuss as we visit McClellanville on our French Santee Tour.
We visit the pirates memorial, at the site of many of their executions on both our Lost Charleston and Charleston Overview tours.
Not many of Charleston's popular downtown tours share the story of the Sugar House, a topic perhaps a bit too harsh for most visitors. We, however, visit the now-forgotten site and discuss the institution of slavery candidly on our Lost Charleston tours.