The Siege of Charleston

Stories Gleaned from Traced Families

At times the occupying army was actually larger than the total population, and such was the case in Charleston, South Carolina. The British soldiers handled the solution over-crowding by using obsolete or damaged ships as prisons. Survival on one of these ships was scary indeed, as disease, dysentary, fevers and starvation took its toll. Apparently, a lack of sufficient guards offered some opportunity for prisoners to climb overboard and swim ashore. They also sent prisoners to St. Augustine, Florida where officers were given the privilege of free access to the streets.

Brave Soldiers Not Forgotten

Isaac Perkins enlisted as a private in the Continental Line of the North Carolina Regiment in 1777 in the company of Captain Silas Sears Stevenson and marched to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. The 10th Regiment was disbanded and Perkins joined the 2d Regiment, company of Captain Clement Hall of the Northern Campaign. The company marched into South Carolina where Perkins was captured and taken to Charleston as a prisoner. Fortunately, Perkins managed to escape and return to North Carolina where he served in the Militia until peace was declared.

The Battle of Alamance; The Brave General Isaac Gregory of Fairfax Hall; Orphan Boy Fights Major Battles during Revolutionary War; The Siege of Charleston; The Battle of Cross Creek; The Treatment of British Prisoners during the Battle of Kings Mountain; John Penn, North Carolina Patriot; The Battle of Guilford Court House; The Battle of Eutaw Springs; The Battle of Rockfish Branch on the Cape Fear River; Patriots in North Carolina, a Precurser to the American Revolution Soldier from Rockingham in Battle of Camden ; Minutemen Played a Crucial Roll in the Revolutionary War; Villains in the Revolutionary War; Every Revolutionary War Pension has a Story; An Eyewitness to the Surrender of Lord Cornwallis"Mad" Anthony Wayne; Colonel Benjamin Cleaveland, Hero of Kings Mountain