The American Revolution in South Carolina

Near Moncks Corner

September 10, 1781


Patriot Cdr:

Lt. Col. Henry Lee (VA)
British Cdr:

Lt. Col. Alexander Stewart
Killed:

~1
Killed:

0
Wounded:

Unknown
Wounded:

0
Captured:

0
Captured:

28
Old District: 

Charles Town District
Present County:

Berkeley County

The day after the battle of Eutaw Springs, Major General Nathanael Greene ordered Lt. Col. Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee (VA) to chase after Lt. Col. Alexander Stewart and to do as much damage to the enemy as possible before they made it back to the safety of Charlestown. With Lt. Col. Lee was Lt. Col. Hezekiah Maham (SC) and what was left of his unit.

Lee later wrote in his memoirs that he and his men had been in pursuit of the enemy's "rear guard, with a portion of their wagons conveying the wounded."

Lt. Col. Lee and Lt. Col. Maham overtook Lt. Col. Stewart on the next morning. Major Joseph Eggleston was sent to attack the enemy's flank while Lt. Col. Lee and the remainder of his group moved to "force the enemy in front."

Major Eggleston's men had to ride through thick black jack oaks, which slowed their progress, therefore giving the British time to form and fire once before fleeing. Major Eggleston's horse was killed, but he escaped with five bullet holes in his clothing and equipment.

Lt. Col. Lee and his men faired much better. When he examined the captured wagons, Lee discovered they were filled with the "miserable wounded," who "supplicated so fervently to be permitted to proceed." Lee allowed them to follow their brethren, not wishing "to add to their misery and to his troubles."

Brigadier General Francis Marion later reported, "We have taken 24 British & 4 Tories prisoners," fourteen of the dragoons captured by "six men of Lee and Maham."

One source asserts that Majr Eggleston lost several men, including a valuable sergeant.

Known Patriot Participants 

Known British/Loyalist Participants

Lee's Legion (VA) led by Lt. Col. Henry Lee with 160 men in the following five (5) known companies:
- 1st Mounted Troop - Capt. James Armstrong
- 2nd Mounted Troop - Major Joseph Eggleston
- 3rd Mounted Troop - Capt. Ferdinand O'Neal
- 4th Dismounted Troop - Major Michael Rudolph
- 6th Dismounted Troop - Lt. Edward Manning

Maham's Light Dragoons (SC Militia) led by Lt. Col. Hezekiah Maham, with two (2) known companies, led by:
- Capt. Thomas Giles
- Capt. Jervais Henry Stevens

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Lt. Col. Alexander Stewart - Commanding Officer - with what remained of the following units after the battle of Eutaw Springs:

3rd Regiment of Foot (The Buffs) led by Major Thomas Dawson with 340 men

63rd Regiment of Foot detachment led by Capt. Hayes St. Ledger with 96 men

64th Regiment of Foot led by Capt. Dennis Kelly with 180 men in three known companies, led by:
- Capt. John Kennedy Strong
- Lt. James Graham
- Lt. John Holden Cowell

Light Infantry & Grenadiers led by Major John Majoribanks (badly wounded at Eutaw Springs - died soon) with 281 men in the following units:

3rd Regiment of Foot (The Buffs), Light Infantry and Grenadier Companies

19th Regiment of Foot, Light Infantry and Grenadier Companies

30th Regiment of Foot, Light Infantry and Grenadier Companies

Royal Regiment of Artillery:
- Bombardiers - 6
- Gunners - 2
- Matrosses - 12
- Additionals - 33
- 6-pounders - 3 ea.
- 4-pounder - 1 ea.
- 3-pounder - 1 ea.
- Swivel Guns - 2 ea.

Provincials led by Lt. Col. John Harris Cruger with the following units:

DeLancey's Brigade, 1st Battalion - 73 men

NJ Volunteers, 3rd Battalion led by Lt. Col. Isaac Allen with 66 men, including Capt. John Barbarie

NY Volunteers led by Major Henry Sheridan with the following known companies:
- Lt. Col. Turnbull's Company - Lt. Thomas Walker with 28 men
- Capt. William Johnston's Company - Ensign Nicholas Humphrey with 16 men
- Capt. Bernard Kane with 34 men

Coffin's Troop of Mounted Infantry led by Major John Coffin with 70 men

Provincial Light Infantry led by Major Thomas Barclay with 108 men in the following known companies:
- Loyal American Regiment, Light Infantry Company led by Capt. Morris Robinson
- King's American Regiment, Light Infantry Company led by Capt. Thomas Cornwell
- DeLancey's Brigade, 3rd Battalion, Light Infantry Company led by Capt. Gilbert Willett
- NJ Volunteers, 1st Battalion, Light Infantry Company led by Capt. James Shaw
- NJ Volunteers, 2nd Battalion, Light Infantry Company led by Capt. Norman McLeon
- NJ Volunteers, 4th Battalion, Light Infantry Company led by Capt. Jacob Van Buskirk



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