The American Revolution in South Carolina

13-Mile House

June 1, 1779


Patriot Cdr:

Brigadier General
Kasimir Pulaski
British Cdr:

Brigadier General
Augustine Prevost
Killed:

0
Killed:

0
Wounded:

2
Wounded:

Unk
Captured:

0
Captured:

0
Old District: 

Charles Town District
Present County:

Charleston County

Upon receiving news that Major General Benjamin Lincoln was catching up with his force, Brigadier General Augustine Prevost retreated to John's Island. He had his men to collect all the boats in the area and attempt to build a floating bridge across the Stono Inlet to John's Island. The bridge did not materialize, so he was forced to ferry them across by boats.

A "no man's land" was created between the two opposing foces at Stono River. Patrols were sent out day and night to ascertain what the other side was doing.

On May 31st, Brigadier General Kasimir (aka Casimir) Pulaski and his cavalry were sent to reconnoiter the 13-Mile House area, and if possible to drive away any British found there. With. Brigadier General Pulaski were Brigadier General Isaac Huger and 1,000 infantry. Brigadier General Huger placed the infantry and the South Carolina Militia on the right side of the line, Brigadier General John Butler and the North Carolina Militia on the left side of the line, and the SC 1st Regiment and SC 6th Regiment, with four field pieces in the center of the line. The remainder of Major General Benjamin Lincoln's army was a mile to the rear in reserve.

Brigadier General Pulaski's cavalry came under fire and two officers were wounded. He pulled back to the trees and was ready to give the order to attack, when he received word that reinforcements had arrived in the British lines. He estimated that the enemy's defenses were now too strong for an attack, so he ordered his army to withdraw.



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