The American Revolution in South Carolina

  Middleton's Ferry

  February 9, 1779


Patriot Cdr:

Capt. Cooper (GA)
British Cdr:

Capt. Moses Wheatley
Killed:

2
Killed:

0
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

0
Captured:

10
Captured:

21
Old District: 

Ninety-Six District
Present County:

McCormick County

Capt. Cooper, GA Regiment of Horse Rangers vs. Capt. Moses Wheatley, East Florida Rangers, captured.


Lt. Col. Archibald Campbell dispatched Capt. Moses Wheatley and forty East Florida Rangers to guard Middleton's Ferry on the Georgia side, seventeen miles northwest of Augusta. Lt. Col. Campbell also sent Capt. Robert Phillips of the East Florida Rangers with about 20 SC Royalists ten miles further up the river at Brownsborough to watch for any movements of Patriot forces. These small separate posts were prime targets for the Georgia Continentals under Col. Leonard Marbury.

On February 9th, Capt. Wheatley went out on reconnaissance with 20 mounted Rangers, and Col. Marbury quickly got news of this patrol. He sent Capt. Cooper with 12 men. When Capt. Wheatley stopped to cook dinner, Capt. Cooper rushed the camp and captured them without any resistance.


After Capt. Wheatley and his patrol was captured, Col. Marbury's men continued up to Capt. Robert Phillips' position at Brownsborough, GA. Over-confident, the Patriots charged upon Capt. Phillips' men as they were returning to their camp. Capt. Phillips had taken proper precautions and reacted quickly, killing two of the Patriots and driving the remainder out of his camp. Capt. Phillips then pursued the Patriots and was able to capture ten of Col. Marbury's men and some of their provisions.

Some historians call this a separate skirmish - known as Brownsborough, GA.



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