The American Revolution in South Carolina

  Bull's Inlet

  March 18, 1779


Patriot Cdr:

Capt. Howland
British Cdr:

Unknown
Killed:

1
Killed:

3
Wounded:

2
Wounded:

4
Captured:

16
Captured:

0
Old District: 

Charles Town District
Present County:

Charleston County

After chasing a Patriot merchantman aground a British privateer sent out a boarding party to take the merchantman. The Patriot crew fought hard for their ship, yet in the end the British captured it and set the Patriot crew ashore before leaving with their prize.


Two British ships, a schooner with ten guns and a sloop with eight guns, caught Capt. Howland coming out of Bull's Inlet and chased the American ship back into the inlet. The British sent in two boats, commanded by a lieutenant with sixteen sailors, to seize Capt. Howland's ship, which had thirteen men with only four muskets and four swivel guns.

When the British boats came alongside, Capt. Howland's men managed to fire one volley before the enemy poured over the side of his ship. It was a fierce fight with Capt. Howland and another man severely wounded and one crewman killed. The Brits had their lieutenant, a boatswain, and a carpenter killed, with four men wounded.

The Patriot prisoners were stripped of their clothes and shoes and put ashore. Capt. Howland was unable to leave and remained a prisoner of the enemy, which also seized the sloop's cargo of 25 hogsheads of tobacco.



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