The American Revolution in South Carolina

  Spencer's Inlet

  July 21, 1776


Patriot Cdr:

Lt. Francis Pickering
British Cdr:

Capt. Alexander Campbell
Killed:

0
Killed:

0
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

0
Captured:

0
Captured:

60
Old District: 

Charles Town District
Present County:

Charleston County

aka Dewee's Inlet.


On July 21st, the British transport HMS Glasgow Packet became stuck on a sand bar at Spencer's Inlet (now Dewee's Inlet). It sent out a small boat to alert the rest of the fleet that it was stuck and to send some help. The fleet was twelve miles away and upon hearing of the problem, sent the schooner HMS St. Lawrence and a flat-bottomed boat to assist the stuck ship.

A South Carolina Row Battery, commanded by Lt. Francis Pickering of the SC 2nd Regiment, discovered the HMS Glasgow Packet and fired on it. Because of the angle of the ship being stuck on the shoal, it was unable to bring its guns to bear on the Patriot boat. At 4:00 p.m., the South Carolinians boarded HMS Glasgow Packet and captured it. On board were 43 men of the Royal Highland Emigrants, six sailors, and two black boatswains.

On July 22, HMS St. Lawrence arrived in the area to rescue the ship. Just as it reached the bar, the South Carolinians set fire to HMS Glasgow Packet.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

SC 2nd Regiment - Row Battery led by Lt. Francis Pickering with 21 men from the SC 2nd Regiment and 14 guns.

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Royal Highland Emigrants - 2nd Battalion (Young Royal Highlanders) led by Capt. Alexander Campbell with 53 men, including Capt. McNicoll, Lt. Lachlan McDonald, and Ensign McDougall

Royal Navy ships:

Transport HMS Glasgow Packet - Capt. Porterfield with 8 men and 4 guns

Schooner HMS St. Lawrence - Lt. John Graves with 19 guns.

9 Flatboats



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