The American Revolution in South Carolina

Georgetown

May 28, 1781


Patriot Cdr:

Brigadier General
Francis Marion
British Cdr:

Capt. Robert Gray
Killed:

0
Killed:

0
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

0
Captured:

0
Captured:

0
Old District: 

Georgetown District
Present County:

Georgetown County

Brigadier General Francis Marion knew that the capture of Georgetown would help to collapse the line of British posts spread out from Charlestown. Once again, he decided it was time to hit Georgetown's occupiers. At Cantey's Plantation, he sent out a call for his Militia and headed to Georgetown on May 27th.

By now, the British/Loyalist commandant of Georgetown was Capt. Robert Gray, who had recently been ordered by Lt. Col. Nisbet Balfour of Charlestown to evacuate if he should become "so press'd by the enemy as to make a retreat necessary."

Brigadier General Marion began to lay a standard siege by digging trenches. However, the British boarded their vessels at 9 p.m. that evening and left the town. They had spiked their three 9-pounders and a cannonade, then knocked them off their trunnions. The Patriots entered the town and leveled the British works as the British ships waited outside the bar at Winyah Harbor.

Brigadier General Marion was able to replenish his wardrobe and fit himself out in a new suit of regimentals. He was then summoned by Major General Nathanael Greene to help with the Siege of Ninety-Six, so he left a small force in Georgetown under the command of Lt. Col. Peter Horry and marched away with the captured enemy baggage on the backs of mules.

After the liberation of Georgetown, one of Brigadier General Marion's main opponents, Major Micajah Gainey, asked for a truce for one year. During that time, Major Gainey agreed that he would not attack Brigadier General Marion or his forces, and this was agreed to. His Militia saw that the job in Georgetown was finished and went back to their homes. Frustrated, Brigadier General Marion went about gathering a new Militia to harass Col. Francis, Lord Rawdon on his way to help Lt. Col. John Harris Cruger at Ninety-Six.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

Brigadier General Francis Marion - Commanding Officer

Unknown units, unknown number of men.

Capt. Robert Gray - Commanding Officer

Unknown units, unknown number of men.
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