A postwar petition tells of damage wrought during the Revolution. The most likely reason British troops burned the church and school buildings: to destroy supplies stored in the structures, not to cause needless destruction.
"Members of the Episcopal Church in the Parish of St. George Dorchester, petition asking that they may incorporate and re-establish their free school," South Carolina Department of Archives and History, S165015, 1789, Item 00009. Read before State House of Representatives Jan. 13, 1789 and printed in Michael E. Stevens and Christine M. Allen, eds., Journals of the House of Representatives, 1789-1790, The State Records of South Carolina (Columbia: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 1984), pp. 17-18.