Private Edgar Perry [aka Edgar Allan Poe]

The time Poe spent on Sullivan’s Island may have been short but it stayed with him forever, feeding his imagination and stories he wrote years later, such as “The Gold-Bug,” published in 1843. A story that follows Mr. William Legrand, a man of an ancient Huguenot family who found refuge on Sullivan’s Island where he was bitten by a bug of a brilliant-gold colour… or, was it real gold…?

But Sullivan’s Island didn’t forget Poe either; for all these years later, we can still walk along Poe Avenue, or Raven Drive, or even satisfy some of our basic needs with a hamburger and a beer, in Poe’s Tavern.

Poe’s Tavern @ Sullivan’s Island, SC

April 12th, 2018

Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island

Where on June 28th, 1776, William Moultrie, commander of the 2nd South Carolina Regiment, and 400 soldiers, bravely fought off British warships trying to occupy Charleston during the American Revolution.

Where an 18-year-old Poe, enlisted in the Army under the pseudonym Edgar Allan Perry, was stationed for 13 months, until December 1828.

And where the water is so dangerous you must stay out of it, or be fined $1040 – not a penny more, not a penny less.

Fort Moultrie, Sullivan’s Island, SC

April 12th, 2018