Command Of The Cove

“The Tamer and Cherokee still continued to block up our port; we at last fell upon an expedient to drive them quite off; which was to erect a battery at Haddrell's point, that would give us the command of the cove at the back of Sullivan's Island, and open to

us a safe passage from Haddrell's to the Island; and on the 19th of Decem. ‘Ordered, that Major Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, 4 capts. 8 subalterns, and 200 rank and file from the first regiment, do hold

'themselves in readiness to march this afternoon.'

‘CAPT. Beekman, of Col. Roberts' artillery is also for this service, and to provide stores and ammunition for four 18 pounders: The quarter master to furnish six days provisions.'

I went over with this detachment, and a great many gentlemen volunteers; we embarked from Charlestown on a dark and very cold night, with every thing necessary for erecting a battery (one Gaboriel was our chief engineer but understood very

little of the business) we were all in high spirits expecting to surprize the men-of-war next morning; every one fell to work, and by day-light we were ourselves well covered, and in a few hours more, laid our plat-forms, and some guns mounted; and shortly

after, opened our embrasures: The men-of-war immediately moved their stations a little further off; however, we threw them a few long shot. The erecting this battery, gave us the entire command

of the cove, and we could go on and off from Sullivan's Island as we pleased.”

--William Moultrie, 1802,

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