The American Revolution in South Carolina

  Sullivan's Island

  December 19, 1775


Patriot Cdr:

Capt. John Allston
British Cdr:

Capt. of HMS Cherokee
Killed:

0
Killed:

4
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

0
Captured:

0
Captured:

11
Old District: 

Charles Town District
Present County:

Charleston County

aka Pest House.


Patriot Militia, on the night of December 19th, attacked a party of British troops encamped on Sullivan’s Island killing and capturing a few unlucky persons. With Sullivan’s Island now cleared of British troops, the Patriots were now able to start construction of a defensive fortification on the island.

At 7:00 a.m., Capt. John Allston and his 54 Indians surprised the British and burned the Pest House. They destroyed some water casks and burned Gunner George Walker's house. Four runaway slaves who refused to be taken were killed. The Indians captured four white men, four women, and three children. Three of the men and a boy were crew from the HMS Cherokee.

Several British sailors hid throughout the night and when they were taken off the island in the morning they were fired upon by the Indians.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

Capt. John Allston and his Racoon Company of Riflemen (within the Georgetown District Regiment)

With 54 Indians

British sailors from the HMS Cherokee.

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