The American Revolution in South Carolina

McQueen's Plantation

December 19, 1781


Patriot Cdr:

Capt. James Armstrong
British Cdr:

Capt. Ludwig Kienen
Killed:

Unknown
Killed:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Captured:

0
Captured:

8
Old District: 

Charles Town District
Present County:

Charleston County

aka Queensborough.


Skirmish, Capt. James Armstrong vs. Capt. Ludwig Kienen.
Major General Nathanael Greene dispatched his cavalry forces closer to Charlestown to keep an eye on British movements. Brigadier General Francis Marion and his Patriots patrolled the area north and east of Charlestown from his base on the Cooper River.

Lt. Col. Henry Lee (VA) established a camp at McQueen’s Plantation, south of the Ashley River, to cover the area between Charlestown and the Edisto River. McQueen’s Plantation, mentioned as Queensborough in Lt. Col. Lee’s memoirs, was the home of John McQueen. Lt. Col. Lee could observe the British forces in Charlestown and on John’s Island from this location.

In late December, Capt. James Armstrong of Lee’s Legion defeated an enemy cavalry force led by Capt. Ludwig Kienen of the South Carolina Royalists. Capt. Armstrong took Capt. Kienen and seven others prisoner.



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