The American Revolution in South Carolina

Four Holes Bridge

July 12, 1781


Patriot Cdr:

Lt. Col. Henry Hampton
British Cdr:

Unknown
Killed:

Unknown
Killed:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Captured:

Unknown
Captured:

Unknown
Old District: 

Charles Town District
Present County:

Dorchester County

There is no known book record of any skirmish or engagement in July of 1781 between the Patriots and the British and/or Loyalists at this location. However, the men identified below did mention an engagement at Four Holes Swamp during the summer of 1781 in their pension applications. Others may have also, but cannot be found yet.

Also in the documentation of later incidents, it is mentioned several times that Lt. Col. Henry Hampton seized the bridge at Four Holes Swamp - whether or not this included a skirmish or other firefight is not currently known. It is known that Hampton's Regiment of Light Dragoons would not have been the correct type of men to "hold" a bridge for extended periods of time, so perhaps the men listed below were assigned the task of "keeping the bridge secure" for a very short duration, and this got translated to mean that they were "in a skirmish or battle" to seize the bridge.

All is really known is that the Patriots did secure possession of the bridge at Four Holes Swamp in July of 1781 and they held it until the British evacuated Charlestown in December of 1782.

If this did happen, it is "most probable" that it occurred after the evacuation of Ninety-Six on July 8th since those evacuees would have marched across the bridge on their way to Charlestown. And, it had to have happened prior to the skirmishes at the Quarter House and Goose Creek Bridge, both which happened on July 15th, when this "indident" is mentioned.

July 12th is the most likely date, but is not 100% guaranteed.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

Lt. Col. Henry Hampton - Commanding Officer

Hampton's Regiment of Light Dragoons (Militia) detachment led by Lt. Col. Henry Hampton, with unknown number of men

New Acquisition District Regiment of Militia detachment led by Col. William Bratton, with unknown number of men

Camden District Regiment of Militia detachment led by Col. Thomas Taylor, with four (4) known companies, led by:
- Capt. Jacob Frazer
- Capt. Andrew Leter
- Capt. John Robertson
- Capt. Thomas Starke

Fairfield Regiment of Militia detachment of three (3) known companies, led by:
- Capt. Amos Davis
- Capt. Charnal Durham
- Capt. Aramana Liles

Unknown (If Any)

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