The American Revolution in South Carolina

Georgetown

January 6, 1781


Patriot Cdr:

Unknown
British Cdr:

Lt. Col. George Campbell
Killed:

0
Killed:

1
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

3
Captured:

0
Captured:

2
Old District: 

Georgetown District
Present County:

Georgetown County

In early January of 1781, Lt. Col. George Campbell, the commandant in charge of occupying Georgetown, decided to personally conduct a patrol in the countryside around Georgetown in order to find some of Brigadier General Francis Marion's men that had been continually harassing his foraging expeditions.

While on patrol, Lt. Col. Campbell observed a dozen mounted men in the middle of the road and ordered his men to charge. These men were merely a decoy for an ambush, which was hidden on the sides of the road. As the enemy approached, the Patriots jumped up and fired a volley into the horsemen. They captured two British sergeants, John Burt and William Hodgins, and killed Corporal John Hodgins, while three others were wounded.

Surprisingly, the Queen's Rangers did not flee but turned and recharged into the ambush site. The Patriots were not used to this, so they quickly turned their steeds and withdrew from the area.


Most likely, this event is the same as the one known as Waccamaw Neck, which either happened on this same date or on January 13th.


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