The American Revolution in South Carolina

Waccamaw River

February 15, 1781


Patriot Cdr:

Capt. John Clarke
Loyalist Cdr:

Lt. John Wilson
Killed:

0
Killed:

0
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

0
Captured:

1
Captured:

0
Old District: 

Georgetown District
Present County:

Horry County

Capt. John Clarke (captured) vs. Capt. John Saunders. Date above is an estimate.


In mid-February, Capt. John Saunders was the new commandant of Georgetown, and he sent out Lt. John Wilson with 35-40 of the Queen's Rangers up the Waccamaw River to capture Capt. John Clarke, who was one of Lt. Col. Peter Horry's officers in the Kingstree Regiment of Militia. Capt. Clarke had been captured in January and paroled, but it is not known why he was targeted again on this date.

Lt. Wilson's men were not mounted and approached Capt. Clarke's home in boats. After a heavy rain and a checked tide impeded his progress, he sent the boats back to Georgetown and concealed his men in a house until nightfall. Then, he marched on and surrounded Capt. Clarke's house at daybreak. Capt. Clarke was the only person home and he was captured and marched back to Georgetown a prisoner.

Known Patriot Participants 

Known British/Loyalist Participants
Capt. John Clarke of the Kingstree Regiment of Militia. Lt. John Wilson of the Queen's Rangers, with 35-40 men


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