Charleston, South Carolina is most known for its well-preserved architecture spreading across the southern end of the city peninsula that juts into Charleston Harbor. Of course, many also think of the first shots fired in the US Civil War at Fort Sumter, directly across the harbor. But the walled city of Charleston also saw significant military activity during the American Revolutionary War. In June 1776, the British attempted, but failed, to capture the city during the Battle of Sullivan’s Island. Four years later, the British returned for a more successful attempt, and archaeologists working with the Historic Charleston Foundation may have uncovered evidence of the British siege lines that supported their victory.
In soil near Charleston's Elizabeth Street, a search for 237-year-old fortifications
By Robert Behre
The Post and Courier
June 13, 2017