The American Revolution in South Carolina

SC Coast

March 1779


Patriot Cdr:

Capt. Craig
British Cdr:

Unknown
Killed:

Unknown
Killed:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Captured:

0
Captured:

Unknown
Old District: 

Charles Town District
Present County:

Charleston County

Capt. Craig, with his Philadelphia privateer Addison, operated along the South Carolina coast and captured several ships in March of 1779.

The first, a sloop named Phoenix, was bound from New York to St. Augustine. Capt. Craig sent the captain, six sailors, a sergeant, thirteen Hessian soldiers, two women, and some horses to the "Isle of Thera," then he burned the Phoenix after plundering it.

He next seized the brigantine Lettice, an American merchant vessel that had fallen to the British earlier. Then, he captured the brigantine William and burned it. Next was the St. Augustine privateer Shirk, which he carried into Charlestown.

On her return trip to home, the Addison encountered the New York privateer Bishop, which was escorting its prize, the Freemason. After a tense fight, Capt. Craig recaptured the Freemason, loaded with pork and corn, and escorted it into Philadelphia.



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