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5 Fun Facts About September 13 In South Carolina History

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1. On September 13, 1775, South Carolina patriot and soldier William Jasper helped to raise the Continental flag on the British fortifications at Fort Sullivan (now Fort Moultrie) during the Battle of Sullivan's Island. This act of bravery helped to inspire the troops and became an iconic moment in the Revolutionary War.

2. September 13, 1862, saw the Battle of Crampton's Gap during the Civil War. Union forces under General William B. Franklin were able to break through Confederate defenses and secure a key pass through the South Mountain range. This victory helped pave the way for the Union's success at the Battle of Antietam three days later.

3. South Carolina native and former slave Robert Smalls made history on September 13, 1862, when he commandeered a Confederate steamship and steered it to Union territory, bringing valuable information and supplies with him. Smalls went on to become a Union hero and later served as a member of Congress.

4. On September 13, 1964, the University of South Carolina admitted its first African American student, Henrie Monteith. Despite facing harassment and discrimination, Monteith became a successful civil rights lawyer and a leader in her community.

5. In more recent history, Hurricane Florence made landfall in South Carolina on September 13, 2018. The storm caused widespread damage and flooding, particularly in the eastern part of the state. Despite the devastation, South Carolinians rallied together to provide aid and support to those in need.
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