The American Revolution in South Carolina

Schooner Rattlesnake

June 20, 1779


Patriot Cdr:

Capt. Paul Frisbie
British Cdr:

Capt. William Wulff
Killed:

40
Killed:

7
Wounded:

included in above
Wounded:

38
Captured:

0
Captured:

0
Old District: 

Charles Town District
Present County:

Charleston County

During the Battle of Stono Ferry, unknown to the British, the South Carolina Navy schooner Rattlesnake had come down the Stono River. It began to fire into the rear of the British and Hessain forces. They both turned from the Patriot land forces and fired upon the Rattlesnake. The Rattlesnake fired back at them, and repulsed the attack with heavy losses. The British forces lost their leader, Capt. William Wulff, and six Hessians killed. Major Johann Endemann and 37 others were wounded.

Eventually, British troops tried to take possession of the Rattlesnake in the Stono River. The attacked proved unsuccessful, but the ship's commander, Capt. Paul Frisbie (Frisby), fearing another such attack set the ship on fire and led his crew overland to Charlestown, not losing a man.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

SC Navy schooner Rattlesnake - Capt. Paul Frisbie

Unknown unit and number of Patriot Militimen

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60th Regiment of Foot, 4th Battalion, Grenadier Company led by Capt. William Wulff

Hesse-Kassel Grenadier Regiment vol Trumbach led by Major Johann Endemann

Hesse-Kassel Garrison Regiment von Wissenbach led by "Unknown" with two field pieces

Royal Navy HMS sloop Vigilant - Capt. Brabazon Christian with 1st Lt. Thomas Goldesbrough and 20 guns



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