Elevation of Broughton's Battery, north side, by William De Brahm, July 1757

Elevation of Broughton’s Battery, north side, by William De Brahm, July 1757

The most elaborate and extensive plans for fortifying colonial Charleston were drafted by William De Brahm in the 1750s, during what we now call the French and Indian War, or the Seven Years’ War. De Brahm, a German engineer working for the British government, created at least three separate plans for enclosing the town in a complex system of walls and moats, each of which was hotly debated by the South Carolina legislature. Surviving copies of his plans depict massive defensive works that our colony could scarcely afford, and therein lies the root of De Brahm’s ultimate failure to complete his fortification plans for Charleston.

If you’d like to learn more about this interesting episode in Charleston’s fortification history, and see reproductions of De Brahm’s plans, please join Dr. Nic Butler for a program entitled

“William De Brahm’s Fortification Plans For Charleston, 1752–1757”

Time: Saturday, September 21st at 1:00 p.m.

Place: 2nd Floor Classroom, Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St., 29401.

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

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