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happy? - June 29 (Peter Parker's bumpus)

Abby Sale 29 Jun 05 - 07:50 AM
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Subject: happy? - June 29
From: Abby Sale
Date: 29 Jun 05 - 07:50 AM

General (later S. Carolina governor) William Moultrie (1730-1805,) was a member of the first provincial congress and the guy that designed and raised the first American battle flag, "Liberty" at Ft Johnson. He routed Clinton's land invasion of Charleston. At the same time, 6/29/1775, he also beat back Commodore Sir Peter Parker's fleet onslaught on Sullivan's Island, Charleston. (The fort was later renamed Ft Moultrie.) Parker's pants were literally torn off by a cannon ball. The Yankees seemed to think that was pretty funny and worthy of a song.

        4. Now Clinton by land did quietly stand,
        While my guns made a terrible rumpus:
        But my pride took a fall when a well-aimed ball
        Propelled me along on my bumpus!

                "Sir Peter Parker," B. Ives, Song Book & Folkways LP, Seaport 7

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