The American Revolution in South Carolina

Georgetown

December 25, 1780


Patriot Cdr:

Unknown
British Cdr:

Lt. Col. George Campbell
Killed:

0
Killed:

0
Wounded:

Unknown
Wounded:

1
Captured:

1
Captured:

0
Old District: 

Georgetown District
Present County:

Georgetown County

Lt. Col. Nisbet Balfour, the British commander in Charlestown, sent Capt. John Saunders and his troop of Queen's Rangers to Georgetown. Capt. Saunders wanted to return to New York, so he rode to Winnsborough to discuss this with Lt. General Charles, Lord Cornwallis. He sent Lt. John Wilson on to Georgetown, who soon thereafter went out patrolling the general area.

The British commander already at Georgetown was Lt. Col. George Campbell, who decided to join the Queen's Rangers on one of their patrols. On Christmas Day, this group ran into about fifty mouted Patriot Militia. Lt. John Wilson charged with thirteen men. The Patriots dispersed, but Lt. Wilson was wounded in the exchange. He was able to capture one officer, but the remaining Patriots escaped.



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