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Proposal by Benjamin Lincoln concerning the articles of capitulation of Charleston, South Carolina
Lincoln, Benjamin, 1733-1810
May 08, 1780
Volume 14, Pages 807-808

ARTICLES OF CAPITULATION OF CHARLESTON PROPOSED MAY 8TH, 1780, BY MAJOR GEN'L LINCOLN.
[Letters of Genls. Lee, Lincoln & Moultrie, No. 158, p. 403.]

ARTICLES.

1st. That all acts of hostility and work shall cease between Besiegers & Besieged until the Articles of Capitulation shall be agreed on, Signed and executed, or collectively rejected.

2d. The Town & Fortifications shall be surrendered to the Commander in Chief of the British Forces just as they now stand.

3d. The Continental Troops & Sailors, with their baggage, shall be conducted to a place to be agreed on, where they will remain prisoners of war until exchanged. While prisoners, they shall be supplied with good and wholesome provisions in such quantity as is served out to the troops of his Britannick Majesty.

4th. The militia now in garrison shall be permitted to return to their respective homes & be secured in their persons & property.

5th. The sick and wounded shall be continued under the care of their own Surgeons, & be supplied with medicines and such necessaries as are allowed to the British Hospitals.

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6th. The Officers of the Army & Navy shall keep their Horses, Swords, Pistols, & Baggage, which shall not be searched, and retain their Servants.

7th. The Garrison shall, at an hour appointed, march out with shouldered arms, Drums beating and Colours flying, to a place to be agreed on, where they will pile their arms.

8th. That the French Consul, his House, Papers and other movable property, shall be protected and untouched, and a proper time granted to him for retiring to any place that may afterwards be agreed upon between him & the Commander in Chief of the British Forces.

9th. That the citizens shall be protected in their Persons & Properties.

10th. That a twelve months' time be allowed all such as do not choose to continue under the British Government to dispose of their Effects, real and personal, in the State, without any molestation whatever, or to remove such part of it as they choose, as well as themselves & families. And that during that time they or any of them may have it as their option to reside occasionally in Town or Country.

11th. That the same protection to their persons & Properties, and the same time for the removal of their effects, be given to the Subjects of France and Spain as are required for the citizens in the preceding articles.

12th. That a vessel be permitted to go to Philadelphia with the General's Dispatches, which are not to be opened.