The American Revolution in South Carolina

Strawberry Ferry

July 16, 1781


Patriot Cdr:

Col. Wade Hampton
British Cdr:

Unknown
Killed:

Unknown
Killed:

1
Wounded:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Captured:

0
Captured:

30
Old District: 

Charles Town District
Present County:

Berkeley County

Skirmish, Col. Wade Hampton vs. two British sloops.


The day after the raid on the Quarter House, Col. Wade Hampton stopped at a woman’s house, and she told him "that two sloops had landed a small distance up the river, with British soldiers and they were in the cornfield getting roasting corn and beans."

Col. Hampton immediately rode to the river bank, where he had half of his men dismount and "run into the vessels." They only found one British soldier on one of the two sloops, who aimed his musket at them. It misfired, snapping several times, before Col. Hampton’s men cut him down.

Col. Hampton’s men then searched the fields nearby and took thirty prisoners. They paroled the British soldiers and burned the two sloops, which were loaded with indigo. Col. Hampton then rode on and joined up with Brigadier General Thomas Sumter, who was preparing to lead a raid on Quinby's Bridge the next day.

The entire city of Charlestown was thrown into confusion due to the week-long raid of Col. Wade Hampton.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

SC 1st Regiment of State Dragoons (State Troops) led by Col. Wade Hampton, with four (4) known companies, led by:
- Capt. William Alexander
- Capt. Peter Burns
- Capt. James Giles
- Capt. John Reed

New Acquisition District Regiment of Militia detachment of three (3) known companies, led by:
- Capt. William Carr
- Capt. Robert Hanna
- Capt. William Hanna

2 British Sloops, with unknown number of men

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