The American Revolution in South Carolina

Fenwick Hall

January 15, 1782


Patriot Cdr:

Lt. Col. John Laurens
British Cdr:

Lt. Col. James H. Craig
Killed:

Unknown
Killed:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Captured:

0
Captured:

0
Old District: 

Charles Town District
Present County:

Charleston County

aka William Gibbes' Plantation.


Raid, Lt. Col. John Laurens vs. Lt. Col. James H. Craig.
This skirmish was at the end of the Raid on John's Island, January 12-15.
On the 15th, Lt. Col. John Laurens and a small force of cavalry and infantry crossed the New Cut in a boat and found the remains of the British camp. It had been hurriedly abandoned. Lt. Col. Laurens captured a few stragglers, but British Major General Alexander Leslie had learned of Major Generak Nathanael Greene’s raid and had moved all his men back to James Island.

Lt. Col. Laurens did find a schooner that the British had loaded all their supplies onto. Laurens ordered his men to attack the schooner and his men fired a volley at her. This "threw the Crew into great confusion" almost making the schooner run aground. The British crew on the schooner stacked the baggage and used it as protection against the musket balls. They returned fire as their ship moved slowly away. Laurens later remarked, "If I had a three pounder…perhaps She might still be taken."



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