The American Revolution in South Carolina

Fair Lawn Plantation

November 17, 1781


Patriot Cdr:

Lt. Col. Hezekiah Maham
British Cdr:

Capt. Murdock MacLaine
Killed:

0
Killed:

0
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

0
Captured:

0
Captured:

150
Old District: 

Charles Town District
Present County:

Berkeley County

aka Fair Lawn Barony. aka Colleton House.


One source asserts that this engagement happened on November 27th.
This engagement is the same one as described at Moncks Corner on October 16th. Which date is correct is not known by this Author. I leave it to the reader to decide this one.
British Capt. Murdock MacLaine was sent with fifty (50) men of the 84th Regiment of Foot to relieve the post at Fair Lawn Plantation, described as a "strong brick house known to have been constructed for defense as well as for comfort," and protected by considerable abatis. This plantation protected a good landing on the Cooper River.

Brigadier General Francis Marion took advantage of the turnover of personnel and sent Lt. Col. Hezekiah Maham with 180 of his men plus 200 men from Col. Isaac Shelby (NC) and Col. John Sevier (NC), which had just been assigned to his command thanks to a request from Major General Nathanael Greene.

On their way to Fair Lawn Plantation, Lt. Col. Maham and his troop passed another British post and attempted to entice the British cavalry out to a fight, but they refused and the Patriots moved on, not knowing that the British horsemen were following them.

The Patriots considered the main house at Fair Lawn Plantation too formidable to take, so they decided to attack one of the outbuildings, which was a British hospital. Col. Isaac Shelby and his riflemen covered the redoubt while Lt. Col. Hezekiah Maham and his cavalry rode up to the building and demanded its surrender. The medical defenders offered no resistance at all.

Lt. Col. Maham captured 300 stands of arms and other goods. About 150 patients and staff were made his prisoner. Eighty (80) prisoners could walk and were taken back to Brigadier General Marion's camp, the rest were paroled. Capt. MacLaine's garrison watched all of this happen, but did nothing. The hospital was burned and the Patriot's rode away.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

SC 3rd Regiment of State Dragoons (State Troops) led by Lt. Col. Hezekiah Maham, with two (2) known companies, led by:
- Capt. James McCauley
- Capt. William McIntosh

Washington County Regiment of Militia (NC) detachment led by Col. John Sevier and Lt. Col. Charles Robertson, with eight (8) known companies, led by:
- Capt. George Doherty
- Capt. John Mallugan
- Capt. David McNabb
- Capt. James Roddy
- Capt. Valentine Sevier, Jr.
- Capt. William Trimble
- Capt. Samuel Williams
- Capt. James Wilson

Sullivan County Regiment of Militia (NC) detachment led by Col. Isaac Shelby and Lt. Col. Anthony Bledsoe, with five (5) known companies, led by:
- Capt. John Carnes
- Capt. Landon Carter (Washington County)
- Capt. Moses Cavett
- Capt. Roger Topp
- Capt. Thomas Wallace

Total number of Patriots ~380 Men.

84th Regiment of Foot detachment led by Capt. Murdock MacLaine, with 50 men

British Hospital Staff, unknown number

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