The American Revolution in South Carolina

Charlestown Harbor

March 21-22, 1776


Patriot Cdr:

Capt. Joseph Turpin
British Cdr:

Capt. John Linzee
Killed:

0
Killed:

Unk
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

Unk
Captured:

0
Captured:

Unk
Old District: 

Charles Town District
Present County:

Charleston County

The day after Capt. Joseph Turpin captured the St. James, he was spotted by the British sloop HMS Falcon and her tender the HMS General Clinton. Capt. Turpin tried to bring his prizes into Charlestown, but the HMS Falcon pursued him. As he reached Charlestown his prize ship ran aground three miles northeast of Fort Johnson, and Capt. Turpin was forced to abandon it after setting it on fire.

Capt. John Linzee of the HMS Falcon sent Capt. William Stacey and the HMS General Clinton to try to put out the fire, but Capt. Turpin fired on the General Clinton. The guns of the Comet did not cause any damage due to the distance, but the St. James and her cargo was a total loss.

The next day, Capt. Turpin and his Comet quickly overtook HMS General Clinton, and for the first time the SC Navy defeated a British warship. The Comet captured the General Clinton, along with several pilots who had been helping the British, and now the British had none to assist them in their navigation of the Charlestown Harbor.

This first small victory for the SC Navy would have a significant impact on the near future of Charlestown.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

SC Provincial Navy brig. Comet - Capt. Joseph Turpin, with eighteen 6-pounders

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Sloop HMS Falcon - Capt. John Linzee, with 14 guns

Sloop HMS General Clinton - Capt. William Stacey, with twleve seamen, six Choehorn mortars, and ten swivel guns



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