It Was Then Quite A Wilderness

“In Council of Safety, 12 th Jan. 1776


We desire you to order the commanding officer of the detachment on Sullivan's Island, * as soon as the intended temporary battery is in readiness, to fire upon any ships of war, boats, or other vessels belonging to the enemy attempting to approach, pass, or land troops upon the Island; and in the mean time to use all the force in your power to prevent the enemy's landing or passing by.

By order of the council of safety.

Henry Laurens, President.

Col. Moultrie

* It was then quite a wilderness, and a thick deep fwamp, where the fort stands, covered with live oak, myrtle, and palmetto trees.”

--William Moultrie, 1802,

Memoirs of the American Revolution