The American Revolution in South Carolina

Bear Bluff

April 1, 1781


Patriot Cdr:

Capt. Daniel Morrall
Loyalist Cdr:

Capt. Joshua Long
Killed:

Unknown
Killed:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Captured:

Unknown
Captured:

Unknown
Old District: 

Georgetown District
Present County:

Horry County

At this bluff on the Waccamaw River, a company of Patriots commanded by Capt. Daniel Morrall (Kingstree Regiment of Militia) was surprised by a large body of Loyalists commanded by Capt. Joshua Long. This contest was notable for the severity with which it was fought; after defending themselves to the last extremity, the Patriots were forced to capitulate, but Josias Sessions and eight other soldiers elected to swim the Waccamaw River in preference to being captured by the Loyalists.

According to local tradition, a stray bullet from this fracas killed an elderly slave woman who was working at a nearby farmhouse, giving rise to a haunted house legend that frightened people away from the site for decades.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants
Capt. Daniel Morrall of the Kingstree Regiment of Militia, with an unknown number of men. Capt. Joshua Long, with an unknown number of men
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