The American Revolution in South Carolina

Fuller's Plantation

March 1782


Patriot Cdr:

Lt. Foster (VA)
British Cdr:

Unknown
Killed:

0
Killed:

0
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

0
Captured:

0
Captured:

Unknown
Old District: 

Charles Town District
Present County:

Dorchester County

A British armed vessel anchored opposite of Fuller's Plantation near the Ashley River Ferry. Lt. Foster of Lee's Legion (VA) was conducting a scouting party in the area and determined that the vessel was about to send out men to plunder the plantation. Lt. Foster sent his eighteen men in the marsh near the landing and waited for the British vessel to approach.

This they soon did, the sailors each with bags for their anticipated plunder. They also carried poles with slipknots fixed to each end for securing pigs and poultry. They did not suspect a trap until they were staring down the muzzles of Lt. Foster's muskets. Even though the British were armed they surrendered without a shot being fired.

Lt. Col. John Laurens paroled the prisoners and sent them back under a flag of truce to Charlestown. This was done deliberately to show the town that those who might plunder could easily be captured.



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