The American Revolution in South Carolina

Ashley River Church

August 31, 1781


Patriot Cdr:

Capt. George Cooper
Loyalist Cdr:

Unknown
Killed:

0
Killed:

Unknown
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

Unknown
Captured:

0
Captured:

Unknown
Old District: 

Charles Town District
Present County:

Charleston County

Skirmish, Capt. George Cooper vs. unknown Loyalist commander.


When Brigadier General Francis Marion set out against the British at Parker's Ferry on this same day he sent Capt. George Cooper with a detachment of mounted militia to create a diversion. At Cypress Swamp, fifteen miles southwest of Moncks Corner, he chased away a party of Loyalists and rode on towards Charlestown.

At Dorchester, he drove off cattle in front of the British post there and again continued down the Charlestown Road ready to cause more trouble. At the Ashley River Church, his men attacked another group of Loyalists, which were using the church as a military station.

Next, passing onto Goose Creek Road, he proceeded to the 10-Mile House, returned and passed over Goose Creek bridge, took a circuitous route around the British at Moncks Corner and arrived in camp at Peyre's Plantation near the canal, where Brigadier General Francis Marion now lay, with many prisoners, and without the loss of a man.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants
Lower Craven County Regiment of Militia detachment of one (1) known company, led by:
- Capt. George Cooper 

Unknown Number of Loyalists, Unknown Leader

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