The American Revolution in South Carolina

SC Coast

May 16-17, 1779


Patriot Cdr:

Unknown
British Cdr:

Capt. Papley,
Capt. Ashburn
Killed:

0
Killed:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Captured:

0
Captured:

Unknown
Old District: 

Charles Town District
Present County:

Charleston County

Two Continental frigates, the Boston and the Confederacy, were operating off the South Carolina coast during the month of May in 1779. On May 16th, they captured the Patsey, commanded by Capt. Papley and escorted her into Charlestown Harbor. The Patsey was bound from St. Christophers to New York with a load of rum.

The next day, the Continentals captured the sloop William out of Tortola, commanded by Capt. Ashburn. It too was bound for New York with a load of rum.

Known Patriot Participants

Known Loyalist Participants

Frigate Boston - Commanded by "Unknown"

Frigate Confederacy - Commanded by "Unknown"

Sloop Patsey - Commanded by Capt. Papley

Sloop William - Commanded by Capt. Ashburn



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