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Title 33 Charlotte Street (J. Thomas Hamlin White House)
Object Type Property File
Scope & Content Constructed ca. 1854-55. J.T.H. White, a planter in Christ Church Parish, near Mt. Pleasant, purchased this parcel with an existing wooden building and 2 brick outbuildings in 1854. White pulled down these structures and began construction of a late-Greek Revival style dwelling, probably from brick produced at an East Cooper brick kiln partially owned by White. White's house sits majestically on a raised basement and has Flemish bond brick walls capped by a slate gable roof. A stone double staircase with elaborate cast-iron balustrade rises from the sidewalk to a landing before the projecting central bay, which boasts a pedimented door architrave, a second-story tripartite window, and a surmounting pediment with a circular, or bull's eye, window. White enjoyed his house until the Civil War, when it was used as a hospital and seized in 1866 as headquarters for the commanding general of the occupying forces, Gen. Edward Sickles, a controversial figure who claimed to have won the Battle of Gettysburg by disobeying General Meade's orders. Sickles held absolute power over North and South Carolina beginning in 1866. When President Andrew Johnson removed Sickles from his post, the Charleston newspaper observed, "There was a universal feeling of relief at his departure." The general went on to make several fortunes and ,while U.S. minister to Spain, he became the lover of Queen Isabella.

File contains magazine and newspaper articles (including two undated and 1985 DYKYC); house history from Information for Guides of Historic Charleston.
Subjects Historic buildings--South Carolina--Charleston
Search Terms Charlotte Street
Mazyckborough and Wraggborough
Physical Description 1 File Folder
Object ID # CHARLOTTE.033.01