The American Revolution in South Carolina

Wadboo Bridge

January 31, 1781


Patriot Cdr:

Capt. John Postell, Jr.
British Cdr:

Unknown
Killed:

0
Killed:

Unknown
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

Unknown
Captured:

0
Captured:

40
Old District: 

Charles Town District
Present County:

Berkeley County

Capt. John Postell, Jr. led two other companies of Marion's Brigade and they captured a British wagon train and forty British regulars.


After the unsatisfying raid on Georgetown of January 24-25th, Brigadier General Francis Marion sent out several patrols to seek out and destroy, if possible, as many British supply bases/posts as they could. Capt. John Postell, Jr. (Kingstree Regiment) and his men destroyed the stores at Wadboo Bridge, including fifteen hogsheads of rum, a quantity of pork, flour, rice, salt, and turpentine.

Tarleton Brown, who rode with Capt. John Postell, Jr., later wrote:

"Just about the break of day we charged upon the enemy, and our appearance was so sudden and unexpected that they had not time even to fire a single gun. We took thirty-three prisoners, found twenty odd hogsheads of old spirits, and a large supply of provisions. The former we destroyed but returned with the latter and our prisoners to the army on the Santee."

Capt. Postell and his group next surprised the depot at Keithfield Plantation, near Moncks Corner, later the same day.

Known Patriot Participants 

Known British/Loyalist Participants

Capt. John Postell, Jr. - Commanding Officer

Kingstree Regiment of Militia detachment of one company, led by Capt. John Postell, Jr., with unknown number of men.

Cheraws District Regiment of Militia detachment of one company, led by Capt. Peter DuBose, with unknown number of men.

Lower Craven County Regiment of Militia detachment of one company, led by Capt. Valentine Rowell, with unknown number of men.

Unknown British commander with unknown number of men.

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