The American Revolution in South Carolina

DePeyster's Capture

February 21, 1781

Patriot Cdr:

Capt. John Postell, Jr.
British Cdr:

Capt. James DePeyster






Old District: 

Georgetown District
Present County:

Georgetown County

aka Postell's Plantation, aka Hasty Point, aka Belle Rive or Belle Reve.

Once source claims that this engagement happened on Feburary 14th. William Dobein James asserts it happened on January 19th.
Brigadier General Francis Marion's men captured Capt. James DePeyster with 28 men of the NC Loyalist Edmund Fanning's King's American Regiment at Col. James Postell's home.
Capt. John Postell, Jr. (Kingstree Regiment) heard that Capt. James DePeyster had installed himself in his father's house and he was determined to drive the British out of the house.

On the night of February 20th, Capt. Postell with fourteen men crept near the kitchen of his father's home and waited until morning to strike. When the sun arose, Capt. Postell formed his men in four groups to make their numbers appear to be larger than they actually were, and rushed the home.

He demanded surrender and Capt. DePeyster asked for some time to make up his mind. Capt. Postell responded that he would not give him five minutes, then proceeded to set his father's house on fire. Capt. DePeyster finally surrendered - to a smaller force - and he was enraged. Later, some of Capt. DePeyster's men managed to escape and returned to Georgetown with some cattle and a few captured Patriots.

Known Patriot Participants 

Known British/Loyalist Participants

Capt. John Postell, Jr. - Commanding Officer

Kingstree Regiment of Militia detachment, with 14 men

Capt. James DePeyster - Commanding Officer

King's American Regiment detachment, with 28 men

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