The American Revolution in South Carolina

Off Hilton Head

October 20, 1781


Patriot Cdr:

Capt. John Howell
British Cdr:

Capt. Scallan
Killed:

2
Killed:

0
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

0
Captured:

0
Captured:

0
Old District: 

Beaufort District
Present County:

Beaufort County

Capt. McCumber was caught in a gale of wind off Hilton Head and his galley Tuger capsized. Two of her crew drowned, but the Georgia privateer, Capt. John Howell, and his open boats, rescued thirty (30) of them.

The next day, the combined crews captured two schooners loaded with rice. They also captured thirty (30) slaves on board that were bound for the West Indies. Before the captured schooners could be taken away a British galley appeared with two boats. Capt. Howell set fire to the two rice schooners and escaped with the slaves. Capt. Scallan arrived in time to save the schooners from burning.



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