The American Revolution in South Carolina

Ferguson's Plantation

March 6-7, 1780


Patriot Cdr:

Major Hezekiah Maham
British Cdr:

Unknown
Killed:

Unknown
Killed:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Captured:

Unknown
Captured:

7
Old District: 

Charles Town District
Present County:

Charleston County

On the night of March 6th, two British Light Infantry battalions tried to surprise the Patriot cavalry near Ferguson’s Plantation, by crossing the Wappoo River and marching throughout the night. Unfortunately for the British an officer’s servant had deserted and warned the Patriot cavalry.

When the British arrived they found that the Patriots had fled. The Light Infantry was worn out from the fourteen-mile march over clay paths, and on the return eight (8) of the men had to be left behind, too fatigued to make it back.

Major Hezekiah Maham, of the SC Light Dragoons Regiment, sent word to the Continental Light Dragoons, that the British were on the mainland. Major Maham's men had spent an enjoyable time at their plantation by playing cards, hunting, and dancing at night with the local beauties, but within the hour they headed towards the retreating British. Major Maham's men captured seven of the eight stragglers. The eighth man had overcome his exertion, and rejoined his unit.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British Participants
SC Light Dragoons Regiment detachment led by Major Hezekiah Maham with unknown number of men

Unknown

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