The American Revolution in South Carolina

Edisto Island

September 1782


Patriot Cdr:

Col. Edward Lacey
British Cdr:

Unknown
Killed:

Unknown
Killed:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Captured:

Unknown
Captured:

Unknown
Old District: 

Charles Town District
Present County:

Charleston County

Skirmish, Col. Edward Lacey vs. Unknown British (or allied) commander.


The task of defending the lower part of the state against British incursions was made more difficult by the refusal of the local Patriot Militia to turn out in sufficient numbers. The people in this militia district, having taken offense because Col. William Harden had not been appointed brigadier, were not inclined to serve under the recently commissioned Brigadier General John Barnwell's command.

During the period of British Major Brereton's raids, Major General Nathanael Greene and Brigadier General William Henderson were forced to use backcountry militia units to defend the coast. Col. Edward Lacey was dispatched with his regiment (Turkey Creek Regiment of Militia) to protect the neighborhood of Edisto Island.

When a British foraging party landed on the island, Col. Lacey set out with a party of fifteen to twenty men and captured two enemy boats loaded with provisions, which he burned and sank. During his withdrawal, Col. Lacey was pursued and overtaken by the British landing party, but the Patriot commander had stationed his riflemen in a very advantageous position, and he thoroughly routed the opposition with two effective broadsides.

As late as the 1850s, the wrecks of the British vessels are said to have been visible during low tide.



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