The American Revolution in South Carolina

Port Royal Island

July 1779


Patriot Cdr:

Lt. Lewis Ogier
Loyalist Cdr:

Unknown
Killed:

0
Killed:

0
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

0
Captured:

0
Captured:

Unknown
Old District: 

Beaufort District
Present County:

Beaufort County

By July 1st, Brigadier General Augustine Prevost had only evacuated a small part of his forces to Beaufort and did not have enough men to occupy the town. Two hundred British troops constructed a crude defensive position on Edisto Island to thwart any attack of the retreating men.

Col. Daniel Horry (SC Light Dragoons) kept an eye on the enemy at Port Royal Island but he did not have enough men to attack either. By July 6th, the remainder of Brigadier General Prevost's army arrived in Beaufort. Most of the troops were kept on board ships in the harbor and the only men allowed to go ashore were to get water and firewood. They kept the ships well offshore after dark to avoid the possibility of snipers.

On July 7th, the SC 1st Regiment under Col. Charles Cotesworth Pinckney was ordered to Port Royal Ferry to reinforce Col. Horry. Brigadier General Prevost's ships began shuttling troops to St. Helena Island. Major General Benjamin Lincoln thought that there was still a chance that the British would attempt to take Beaufort or sail around and attack Fort Moultrie in Charlestown Harbor.

By July 17th, only the 71st Regiment of Foot was left near Beaufort. The Hessians were located further down at Mile End, a narrow neck of land located at present-day Parris Island. In mid-July, Lt. Lewis Ogier of Col. Horry's Light Dragoons met a party of Loyalists driving 300 head of cattle to Brigadier General Prevost's army. Lt. Ogier attacked and drove them into the river, and captured most of the cattle.

Not long afterwards, a British sloop carrying 216 stolen slaves from Charlestown ran aground on Hunting Island, near Port Royal. Most of the supplies and guns from the sloop were taken ashore before the local Patriot Militia attacked. The sloop commander scattered the slaves and set the boat on fire.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

SC Light Dragoons led by Col. Daniel Horry

Lt. Lewis Ogier, with unknown number of men

Unknown

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