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Title The Unsuccessful Attack on the Fort on Sullivan's Island
Artist Gray, Henry
Date 1776
Medium watercolor
Support paper
Dimensions 11 3/4 x 29 1/2 inches
Signature NA
Inscription The Unsuccessful Attack on the Fort on Sullivan's Island
Inscription Location recto
Credit line Gift of Mrs. J. Drayton Grimke
Accession Number 1907.002.0002
Collection Work on Paper
Description Lieutenant Gray, a member of the Second South Carolina Regiment was an eyewitness to the battle between the British fleet and the men defending Charleston harbor and was wounded in the encounter. He recorded his experiences in two paintings which he presented to his colleague in battle, Lt. Richard Bohun Baker. No other work by Gray is known. The viewpoint is the same in both paintings: the British fleet on the right, the fort on Sullivan's Island to the left. In the "Unsuccessful Attack" the blue flag of "Liberty" is flying over the fort which was under the command of Colonel William Moultrie for whom the fort was later named.
Subjects Ft. Moultrie
Harbors
War
Forts & fortifications
Boats
Battleships
Image 001\1907.02.02.JPG