The American Revolution in South Carolina

Beaufort

March 4-25, 1782


Patriot Cdr:

Brigadier General
John Barnwell
Loyalist Cdr:

Major Andrew DeVeaux
Killed:

0
Killed:

0
Wounded:

3
Wounded:

Unknown
Captured:

0
Captured:

0
Old District: 

Beaufort District
Present County:

Beaufort County

Loyalist Major Andrew DeVeaux, aboard two galleys and one sloop, seized the town of Beaufort, SC. They managed to hold onto the town for about three weeks before being driven off. Brigadier General John Barnwell knew that his small force of less than 50 militiamen could not offer any serious opposition, so they merely watched and waited for opportunities to snipe at the Loyalists.

Major DeVeaux found a sunken privateer in Moss Island Creek and another captured British ship in Capers Creek, and he set out with fourteen men to recover them. Brigadier General Barnwell's Patriots ambushed them for fifteen minutes, but three Patriots were wounded.


A little more than a week later, Major Andrew DeVeaux and others decided to use the same tactics further north and they ravaged the town of Beaufort, NC for almost two weeks.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants
SC 4th Brigade of Miltia/State Troops led by Brigadier General John Barnwell, with 50 men Beaufort Loyalist Militia led by Major Andrew DeVeaux with unknown number of men


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