Over the past several months I’ve presented lectures surveying the history of the brick fortifications built along Charleston’s eastern waterfront. From Granville’s Bastion at the south end to Craven’s Bastion at north end, approximately seven million bricks were laid between 1696 and 1713. These defensive works stood until the 1780s, and their foundations remain under our streets at sidewalks today.

Profile of an earthen entrenchment by John Muller

Profile of an earthen entrenchment by John Muller

But what about the early walls that surrounded the north, west, and south sides of the town? What about Colleton’s Bastion, Ashley’s Bastion, Carteret’s Bastion, and Johnson’s Ravelin? The surviving documentary evidence suggests that these fortifications were made of earth and wood rather than brick, and conceived from their inception to serve as temporary works. Details of their construction are sparse, but they are certainly interesting. When and where were these earthen structures¬†built, and what did they look like? Please join me for an illustrated survey of this fascinating part of our city’s military history.

“Earthen Entrenchments and Bastions in Charleston, 1703–1734

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.

2nd Floor Classroom,

Charleston County Public Library

68 Calhoun Street

For more information, contact Dr. Nic Butler 843-805-6968 or at butlern[at]ccpl.org.

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