The American Revolution in South Carolina

  Edisto Inlet

  December 17, 1778


Patriot Cdr:

Capt. Joseph Fickling
British Cdr:

Unknown
Killed:

0
Killed:

0
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

0
Captured:

0
Captured:

5
Old District: 

Charles Town District
Present County:

Charleston County

After entering the Edisto Inlet, a British privateer came under fire from a Patriot shore battery. The British privateer quickly sailed out of the inlet without retrieving the party of sailors that it had sent to shore in search of supplies. The Patriots quickly captured the British sailors and sent them to jail in Beaufort.


Capt. Joseph Fickling and the Edisto Island Volunteer company manned a position on Edisto Island with a small cannon - 4-pounder or 6-pounder - that was meant to serve as a warning gun if the enemy approached. A British privateer came into the South Edisto Inlet near Beaufort for provisions, dropped anchor, and sent a boat ashore.

Capt. Fickling had his men to move the small gun within range of the privateer and fired upon it, forcing it to leave the inlet. Five sailors were left behind and were captured and jailed in Beaufort.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants
Colleton County Regiment of Militia detachment led by Capt. Joseph Fickling with unknown number of men.

Unknown

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