The American Revolution in South Carolina

  Sullivan's Island

  September 18, 1775


Patriot Cdr:

Lt. Col. Isaac Motte
British Cdr:

Capt. Edward Thornborough
Killed:

Unk
Killed:

Unk
Wounded:

Unk
Wounded:

Unk
Captured:

Unk
Captured:

Unk
Old District: 

Charles Town District
Present County:

Charleston County

Patriot troops from Fort Moultrie attacked and seized a small vessel taking supplies from Charlestown to two British ships at anchor off Sullivan’s Island. The Patriots seized 21 casks of water, one case and two bottles of liquor, and some brown sugar.

In response to this action, the British vessels Tamar and Scorpion blockaded Charlestown harbor and five days later seized the Charlestown merchant vessel Polly, owned by Benjamin and Isaac Huger.

Sailors that had been captured earlier during the Patriot capture of Fort Johnson warned that a bomb ketch would be coming to Charlestown to attack Fort Johnson and then burn the town. This was a realistic threat since the British did burn Charlestown, Massachusetts. The Patriot government of South Carolina declared a state of emergency.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

Commanding Officer - Lt. Col. Isaac Motte (SC 2nd Regiment)

SC 2nd Regiment detachment led by Capt. Francis Marion

SC 2nd Regiment detachment led by Capt. William Mason

SC 2nd Regiment detachment led by Capt. Peter Horry

SC 3rd Regiment detachment led by Capt. Robert Goodwyn

SC 3rd Regiment detachment led by Capt. Eli Kershaw

SC 3rd Regiment detachment led by Capt. John Purvis

Independent Artillery Company led by Capt. Sims White

Capt. Edward Thornborough on HMS Tamar

Capt. "Unknown" on HMS Scorpion

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