The American Revolution in South Carolina

Matthew's Bluff

April 1781


Patriot Cdr:

Capt. James McKay (GA)
Loyalist Cdr:

Lt. Kemp
Killed:

Unknown
Killed:

16
Wounded:

Unknown
Wounded:

included in above
Captured:

0
Captured:

0
Old District: 

Orangeburgh District
Present County:

Allendale County

Patriot Capt. James McKay of the Georgia Militia, who had been waylaying supply boats on the Savannah River and at Matthew’s Bluff, ambushed a party of 30 Loyalists, under Lt. Kemp sent to out by Lt. Col. Thomas Brown at Augusta to intercept Capt. McKay. Lt. Kemp was routed, and lost sixteen killed and wounded.

This event only happened once - some sources claim it happened on January 22, 1781, whereas just as many sources claim it happened in April of 1781.



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