At this site in 1720 the "gentleman pirate," Stede Bonnet, and 50 others
were hanged in this park while citizens looked on and jeered. During the
Revolutionary War citizens repelled an attack by the Royal Navy.
During the battle, the new state flag was shot down and Sgt. William Jasper
grabbed a gun sponger, mounted the flag on it and waved it in the face
of the Brits. See his monument below.
This park, also known as White Point Gardens, is virtually the same
since the Civil War when Charlestonians could look out at Fort Sumter where
the first shots of the war were fired. During the Civil War, the
park reverted to being Battery Ramsey, and a monument to the crew of the
Confederate submarine Hunley stands here.