The American Revolution in South Carolina

  Mathew's Plantation

  May 20, 1779


Patriot Cdr:

Lt. Col. Robert Barnwell
British Cdr:

Brigadier General
Augustine Prevost
Killed:

Unknown
Killed:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Captured:

Unknown
Captured:

Unknown
Old District: 

Charles Town District
Present County:

Charleston County

British troops under the cover on darkness attacked and routed a force of Patriot Militia that had been guarding the Stono River plantation of Capt. John Raven Mathews (future governor of South Carolina). The British gave no quarter to the Patriots (a theme that was to be repeated again and again throughout the war in South Carolina) and cut them to ribbons.

Lt. Col. Robert Barnwell was left for dead with seventeen bayonet wounds, but he survived and led his men at the Siege of Charlestown the next year.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants
Beaufort District Regiment of Militia detachment led by Lt. Col. Robert Barnwell with two (2) known companies, led by:
- Capt. Edward Barnwell - captured/POW
- Capt. "Unknown"

Loyalist Thomas Fenwick

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