The American Revolution in South Carolina

Manigault's Ferry

February 1, 1781


Patriot Cdr:

Col. James Postell
British Cdr:

Unknown
Killed:

0
Killed:

0
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

0
Captured:

0
Captured:

4
Old District: 

Orangeburgh District
Present County:

Orangeburg County

After the unsatisfying raid on Georgetown of January 24-25th, Brigadier General Francis Marion sent out several patrols to seek out and destroy, if possible, as many British supply bases/posts as they could. One patrol, under Col. James Postell of the Kershaw Regiment of Militia, was ordered to Col. William Thomson's Plantation on the Congaree River, but they found no stores there - all had been removed a few days before.

Col. James Postell with forty men were returning to their camp when he heard that "a great quantity of rum, sugar, salt, flour, pork, soldiers' clothing and baggage" were at Manigault's Ferry. The British guard at Manigault's Ferry had chased after his brother, Capt. John Postell, towards Keithfield Plantation (the other patrol out on a similar mission) and had only left four men in a redoubt of wood. Col. Postell had no difficulties capturing these four and destroying all the stores in the redoubt, without a single man hurt.

Known Patriot Participants 

Known British/Loyalist Participants

Col. James Postell - Commanding Officer

Kershaw Regiment of Militia detachment led by Col. James Postell, with unknown number of men.

Unknown British commander with unknown number of men.

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