The American Revolution in South Carolina

Strawberry Ferry

February 19, 1782


Patriot Cdr:

Unknown Lieutenant
Loyalist Cdr:

Col. Benjamin Thompson
Killed:

0
Killed:

0
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

0
Captured:

7
Captured:

0
Old District: 

Charles Town District
Present County:

Berkeley County

This was a little known incident that occurred prior to the much better known engagements at Wambaw Bridge and Tidyman's Plantation.


Massachusetts Loyalist Col. Benjamin Thompson, posted in Charlestown, somehow learned of the problems between Lt. Col. Peter Horry and Lt. Col. Hezekiah Maham after Brigadier General Francis Marion went to the Fourth General Assembly in Jacksonborough and gave command of the brigade to Lt. Col. Peter Horry.

Col. Thompson assembled all of the available cavalry currently on duty in Charlestown and a sizeable group of infantry, then he divided his men into three groups. The first group marched through Goose Creek to Moncks Corner where they crossed Biggin Creek, then moved southward towards Childsbury and crossed the Wadboo Bridge on the way to the east side of Strawberry Ferry.

On February 19th, this detachment of mostly British Regulars captured a Patriot Lieutenant with six (6) men and a large number of livestock.

The second group of Col. Thompson's force crossed the Cooper River at Strawberry Ferry that night after the Patriots were captured.

The third group of Col. Thompson's forcve, including about 50 cavalry and 300 infantry, were reported to Lt. Col. Peter Horry by his scouts as being at Guerin's Bridge on the night of February 19th, moving towards Horry's position at Wambaw Creek.

On February 20, 1782, Lt. Col. Peter Horry and Col. Benjamin Thompson both later noted the capture of a Patriot guard detail and a large number of livestock at Strawberry Ferry. Also in his letter to Brigadier General Francis Marion, Lt. Col. Horry reported the large force seen at Guerin's Bridge.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants
Unknown Patriot Lieutenant and six (6) men, assumed to be part of Marion's Brigade. Detachment sent by Col. Benjamin Thompson, led by Unknown, with unknown number of men.


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