Carolina Day celebrated on Fort Moultrie by young and old

  • Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Carolina Day demonstrations at Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island this past Friday afternoon were filled with history lessons and humor.

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A group of American revolutionaries stationed on a small Charleston island on June 28, 1776 made that day special by preventing the capture of Charleston from a fleet of British Navy ships.

A group of children, parents and Fort Moultrie re-enactors made June 28, 2013 special too, as Sullivan’s Island celebrated Carolina Day and the efforts of those soldiers 237 years ago.

“Remember, a good soldier can fire three times in a minute,” a demonstrator in Revolutionary War style attire told about a dozen children. They held wooden toy guns and followed instructions on how to fire a musket.

The American revolutionaries from hundreds of years ago were led by Cols. William Moultrie, the island’s namesake, and William Thomson. When they managed to hold off nine British ships from taking Charleston, it symbolized the first victory in America’s fight for independence.

Fort Sumter National Monument hosted Carolina Day celebrations this past Friday afternoon, which included weapons demonstrations, medical programs and insight into camp life.

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