November 12 This day during the American Revolution

November 12, 1775 – at Charlestown, South Carolina – Rumors of a British naval attack caused the local commanders to make changes in the harbors defense. A plan was made to sink several old ships in the Marsh Channel and Hog Island Creek. This would close the Hog Island channel to any British incursion into the area. On November 12, at 4:00 A.M., the Tamar and HMS Cherokee drifted close to the Defense. Both British ships commenced to fire broadside shots at the Defense for 3 hours. The Defense managed to sink the last hulk and then withdrew from the area. The Tamar sent an armed boat to the hulk and set it on fire. It then towed the hulk away from the channel.

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