The American Revolution in South Carolina

Charleston Harbor

June 19, 1778


Patriot Cdr:

Capt. Samuel Smedley, Capt. Oliver Daniel
British Cdr:

Unknown
Killed:

0
Killed:

0
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

Unknown
Captured:

0
Captured:

Unknown
Old District: 

Charles Town District
Present County:

Charleston County

The citizens of Charlestown were fed up with Loyalist privateers and decided to take action. Governor John Rutledge asked Capt. Samuel Smedley to eliminate these pests and he immediately readied his Connecticut brigantine, the Defence, and set out to wait at Rebellion Road.

Meanwhile, Capt. Oliver Daniel prepared his South Carolina sloop, the Volant, and manned it with volunteers, including Commodore Alexander Gillon of the SC Navy, and Capt. Robinson and Capt. McQueen.

On the morning of June 19th, the two ships sailed out of Charlestown Harbor in search of enemy privateers. It was not long before they found three St. Augustine privateers and captured two - the Governor Tonyn's Revenge and the Ranger. The third one, the Active, took advantage of the weather and approaching darkness and slipped away.



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