The American Revolution in South Carolina

Capture of Seven British Vessels

June 27, 1779


Patriot Cdr:

Capt. Hezekiah Anthony
British Cdr:

Unknown
Killed:

Unknown
Killed:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Captured:

Unknown
Captured:

60
Old District: 

Charles Town District
Present County:

Charleston County

Also known as "Mouth of the Stono River." (?) One source claims this event happened on June 26th.


A Patriot naval force under the command of Hall & Tryon captured seven small British vessels that had been operating in the Stono River. The British vessels had been bringing supplies to the British as well as ferrying them from island to island as they were falling back to Savannah. Besides the vessels the British lost sixty men as well as the goods on board which included a number of slaves which had been taken from Patriot plantations along the river.
The withdrawal of the British forces after the battle at Stono Ferry was slow because they had taken so many stolen slaves and plunder from their march out of Charlestown to the coast. The British did not have enough ships to take them all the way back to Savannh, so they decided to use what they had to shuttle the troops from small island to small island down the coastline.

When they made it to Edisto Island, they fortified their positions and dug in to wait for more ships. Brigadier General William Moultrie ordered Capt. Hezekiah Anthony of the brigantine Polly and several other vessels to slow down the enemy if possible. At the same time, Major General Benjamin Lincoln was attempting to bring in artillery to stop them at Edisto Island.

The SC Navy brigs Notre Dame, Bellona, Beaufort, and four other armed vessels attacked seven British ships bringing in supplies to Gibbes's Plantation. Two ships were captured and brought safely into Charlestown. One British ship was blown up and the remainder scattered.



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