The American Revolution in South Carolina

Mount Hope Swamp

March 8, 1781


Patriot Cdr:

Lt. Col. Hugh Horry
British Cdr:

Lt. Col. John Watson Tadwell-Watson
Killed:

Unknown
Killed:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Captured:

0
Captured:

0
Old District: 

Georgetown District
Present County:

Williamsburg County

One source asserts that this engagement happened on March 13th.


Lt. Col. Hugh Horry and Capt. Robert McCottry (might've been Capt. William McCottry) of Marion’s Patriots engaged in a successful rear guard action for the main body of Marion’s Patriots as they fell back after engaging British troops at Wyboo Swamp.
After skirmishing with Brigadier General Francis Marion at Wyboo Swamp on March 6th, Lt. Col. John Watson Tadwell-Watson and his force moved to Cantey's Plantation. He let his men rest for a day and then he moved eastward, when he again ran into the rearguard of Marion's partisans at Mount Hope Swamp.

While Lt. Col. Watson Tadwell-Watson and his men were resting for a day, Brigadier General Francis Marion and his men were tearing down the bridge at Mount Hope Swamp - on Watson's way to Georgetown. Brigadier General Marion emplaced Lt. Col. Hugh Horry and one of the two Capt. McCottry's infamous riflemen at the destroyed bridge to prevent the enemy's crossing.

Lt. Col. Watson Tadwell-Watson arrived on the morning of March 8th and brought forth his field artillery to drive off the Patriots. Lt. Col. Watson Tadwell-Watson's artillery swept Lt. Col. Hugh Horry and his small group with grapeshot and ran them away from the bank. After crossing, Lt. Col. Watson Tadwell-Watson continued down the Santee Road for a few miles, then turned north towards Kingstree, following Brigadier General Francis Marion's Patriots.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

Berkeley County Regiment of Militia detachment led by Lt. Col. Hugh Horry, with at least one (1) known company, led by:
- Capt. Robert McCottry

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- Capt. William McCottry

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Lt. Col. John Watson Tadwell-Watson - Commanding Officer of the 3rd Regiment of Guards.

Royal Regiment of Artillery with 2 field pieces

Provincials led by Major Thomas Barclay with 200 men in the following units

King's American Regiment, Light Infantry Company led by Capt. Thomas Cornwell

DeLancey's Brigade, 3rd Battalion, Capt. Gilbert Willett's Light Infantry Company led by Lt. Edmond Evans

NJ Volunteers, 1st Battalion, Light Infantry Company led by Capt. James Shaw

NJ Volunteers, 2nd Battalion, Light Infantry Company led by Capt. Norman McLeod

NJ Volunteers, 4th Battalion, Light Infantry Company led by Capt. Jacob Van Buskirk

SC Rangers led by Major John Harrison, with 80 men, including Capt. Samuel Harrison

Loyalist Militia led by Lt. Col. Henry Richbourg with 150 men



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