A modern literary historian writes: “On September 7... the bodies of the two commanders were brought on shore in ten-oared barges, rowed at minute strokes by masters of ships, and accompanied by a procession of almost all the barges and boats in the harbor. Minute guns were fired from the vessels, the same military ceremony was performed over each body, and the procession moved through the streets, preceded by the selectmen and municipal officers, and guarded by the officers and crew of the Enterprise and the Boxer. The funeral was attended with all the honours that the civil and military authorities of the place, and the great body of people, could bestow. The whole scene was strikingly impressive. The bells were tolled, and the two companies of artillery fired minute guns ...”
On the 27th [August] the city of Charleston S. C. and its neighborhood was visited by the most stupendous Tornado that ever was known at that place. Great damage was done to the shipping in the harbor, many of the wharves were almost entirely destroyed, others were covered with boats, lumber, &c. that were thrown upon them by the violence of the waves. Many individuals have sustained serious losses.
COMMENT: The National Weather Service says of this storm: “Hurricane made landfall just north of Charleston. One of Charleston’s worst storms with significant property damage and 15 to 20 deaths.” Another modern account states: “A hurricane struck Charleston and spread gale force winds as far north as Maryland. An all-day easterly gale was seen in the Upper Chesapeake Bay on the 28th. A north-northeast wind began on the 27th. By 10 p.m., it shifted to southeast, accompanied by squalls. As winds became southwest, strong winds buffeted the region until 1 a.m. the 28th. By 11 a.m., winds were dying and the sun was shining once more.”