The American Revolution in South Carolina

Ball's Plantation

May 6, 1780


Patriot Cdr:

Capt. Baylor Hill (VA)
British Cdr:

Lt. Ash
Killed:

0
Killed:

Unknown
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

Unknown
Captured:

0
Captured:

14
Old District: 

Charles Town District
Present County:

Berkeley County

One source asserts this engagement occurred on May 5th.


Capt. Baylor Hill (1st Continental Light Dragoons) vs. Lt. Ash, one Sergeant, and a dozen privates, all of the 63rd Regiment of Foot.
Strawberry Ferry is where some of Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton's men were captured, thus sending Lt. Col. Tarleton to attack Lt. Col. Anthony Walton White at Lenud's Ferry. Some of the Continentals that had escaped Lt. Col. Tarleton's victory at Moncks Corner/Biggins Bridge reformed along the Santee River under the command of Continental cavalry commander, Lt. Col. Anthony Walton White, and on May 5, 1780, they captured eighteen men from Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton's command at Elias Ball's plantation (probably Comingtee). Comingtee is just south of Childsbury.
Per the book "Cavalry of the American Revolution," edited by Jim Piecuch and published in 2012 (after this website was first published), Lt. Col. Anthony Walton White arrived in South Carolina on April 23rd, not long after the Patriots' embarrassing defeat at Moncks Corner #1 on April 14, 1780, and took over command of the 1st Continental Light Dragoons. In doing so, he also established himself to be the ranking commander over all Continental Cavalry in South Carolina at the time, including Lt. Col. William Washington of the 3rd Continental Light Dragoons (VA).

Lt. Col. Anthony Walton White had already met Lt. Col. Banastre Tarlton in August of 1779 at New Rochelle, New York, and in September of 1779 at Westchester County, New York, and the Patriots had effectively won both engagements. Lt. Col. White was not "in awe" of Lt. Col. Tarlton, but he was also a bit too arrogant for his own good.

According to this source, this engagement happened on May 6th at Elias Ball, Sr.'s plantation at Wambaw. At about 9 o'clock a.m., Capt. Baylor Hill and his troop found the British detachment at Ball's Plantation, and only one Redcoat fired before the remainder quickly surrendered. Capt. Baylor Hill had to restrain his men from hacking the British to death because of their recent encounter with Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton at Moncks Corner. They were marched to Lenud's Ferry where they were to meet up with the remainder of their regiment under the command of Lt. Col. Anthony Walton White.



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