The American Revolution in South Carolina

James Island

November 14, 1782

Patriot Cdr:

Col. Tadeusz Kosciuszko (MD)
British Cdr:

Major William Dansey






Old District: 

Charles Town District
Present County:

Charleston County

A detachment of mounted Maryland Continentals, under the command of Col. Tadeusz Kosciuszko, attacked and routed British Regulars and a wood cutting party they were escorting. This was the last "battle/skirmish" whereby any troops were actually killed during the American Revolution in South Carolina. Capt. William Wilmot of Maryland and several of his men were killed.

At the same time as this raid, one of his officers - Lt. John Markland - and men from the PA 1st Provisional Battalion enticed a party of ten "British Negro Horse" into an ambush near the Quarter House. The Black Dragoons lost eight men killed or wounded and two others captured. A number of horses were also taken. There were no Patriot casualties.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

Col. Tadeusz Kosciuszko - Commanding Officer

MD 2nd Regiment of Continentals detachment led by Capt. William Wilmot (killed)

PA 1st Provisional Battalion detachment led by Lt. John Markland

Total Patriot Forces - 70




Major William Dansey - Commanding Officer 

33rd Regiment of Foot, Grenadier Company led by Capt. Frederick Cornwallis with 60 men

23rd Regiment of Foot (Royal Welsh Fusiliers) led by "Unknown" with 100 men

71st Regiment of Foot (Fraser's Highlanders), 2nd Battalion led by Lt. John Grant

Brigade of Guards - "Unknown" with 100 men

Royal Regiment of Artillery - 1 field piece

Total British/Loyalist Forces - 300

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