Map of Amboy. Views of the Charleston and Fort Sullivan Harbors


The map presented here shows the city and harbor of Charleston, South Carolina, at the time of the first British siege of Charleston and attack on Fort Sullivan in June 1776. This was the earliest British attempt to capture Charleston during the Revolutionary War, by which General Henry Clinton and Admiral Sir Peter Parker sought to put down the rebellion in the southern colonies. Above the map of Charleston is a view of Fort Sullivan, where William Moultrie, a colonel in the state militia of South Carolina, repulsed a British attack. The fort was later renamed Fort Moultrie in his honor. After failing to secure Charleston, the British fleet sailed to New York City. British forces would not return to Charleston until 1780. The map also includes an inset view of Amboy (present-day Perth Amboy) on the Raritan River, in New Jersey. It shows a layout of the town with houses, streets, fields, vegetation, connecting roads, nearby parts of Raritan Bay and Staten Island, and the ferry to South Amboy. This map has a watermark. Relief is shown by hachures. The map is from the Rochambeau Collection at the Library of Congress, which consists of 40 manuscript maps, 26 printed maps, and a manuscript atlas that belonged to Jean-Baptiste-Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau (1725‒1807), commander in chief of the French expeditionary army (1780‒82) during the American Revolution. Some of the maps were used by Rochambeau during the war. Dating from 1717 to 1795, the maps cover much of eastern North America, from Newfoundland and Labrador in the north to Haiti in the south. The collection includes maps of cities, maps showing Revolutionary War battles and military campaigns, and early state maps from the 1790s.

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Plan d'Amboy. Vues de la rade de Charles-Town et de Fort Sulivan

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1 map and 2 views ; 31 x 46 centimeters


  • Scale approximately 1:25,600


  1. Philip Lee Phillips and Library of Congress. Map Division. A List of Maps of America in the Library of Congress: Preceded by a List of Works Relating to Cartography. Vol. 129 (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1901).

Last updated: February 18, 2016