The American Revolution in South Carolina

Butler vs. British Foragers

May 6, 1779


Patriot Cdr:

Major Pierce Butler
British Cdr:

Unknown
Killed:

Unknown
Killed:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Captured:

Unknown
Captured:

Unknown
Old District: 

Charles Town District
Present County:

Colleton County

Major Pierce Butler, with a small cavalry detail, drove 130 horses to Brigadier General William Moultrie's army, delivering them at Red Hill just before the skirmish at Coosawhatchie on May 3rd.

After forcing a crossing at Coosawhatchie, British Brigadier General Augustine Prevost continued his march towards Charlestown. He split his forces into two groups at Saltketcher's Bridge - the main force was sent northeastward by road, the other group crossed the Combahee River at the Combahee Ferry on a road roughly parallel to his main army. This second group soon turned northward to rejoin Brigadier General Prevost at Fishpond Bridge.

Major Butler was on his return to Charlestown when he came upon a small British foraging party. A sharp skirmish ensued, but casualties are currently not known.

Terry Lipscomb, in his book "The Letters of Pierce Butler 1790-1794," gives the location of this skirmish as 16 miles south of Parker's Ferry. The above location is approximately 16 miles south of Parker's Ferry and is most likely the location of this skirmish.



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