A sketch of the operations before Charlestown the capital of South Carolina
- A sketch of the operations before Charlestown the capital of South Carolina
In 1780, the British tried to capture Charleston, South Carolina again. This chart depicts the six-week siege that forced American troops to surrender on May 12, 1780. This was the largest surrender of American troops during the war. Along with Samuel Holland, Joseph F.W. Des Barres conducted extensive coastal surveys of the British colonies beginning in 1764. Although their charts were prepared primarily for navigational purposes, this one features the fortifications constructed by British and American troops (colored yellow) and the British and American fleets. This version of the chart appeared in Des Barres’ The Atlantic Neptune, the most comprehensive maritime atlas of the period.
- Des Barres, Joseph F. W. (Joseph Frederick Wallet), 1722-1824
Boston Public Library
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
- Collection (local):
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection
Charleston (S.C.)--History--Siege, 1780--Maps--Early works to 1800
South CarolinaCharleston (county)Charleston
J.F.W. Des Barres
Includes descriptive index and inset "Charlestown Harbour," ca. 1:430,000.
Appears in the author's Atlantic Neptune pt.3, no.18. London : [J.F.W. Des Barres], 1777-.
Exhibited: "We Are One: Mapping America's Road from Revolution to Independence" organized by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 2015.
This map can be viewed as a georeferenced overlay in an interactive application made especially for We Are One: Mapping America's Road from Revolution to Independence http://d2o8owo4k087al.cloudfront.net/index.html?mapId=82.
- 1 map : hand col. ; 102 x 73 cm.
Scale [ca. 1:11,800]
- Call #:
G1106.P5 D47 1777
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