During the Summer of 1779, the State
of South Carolina created a new regiment of State Troops that
was not placed on the Continental Line - the SC Light Dragoons,
led by Col. Daniel Horry.
James Skirvin took over command of the
Berkeley County Regiment as colonel, replacing Joseph Maybank.
Both Isaac Hayne and James Williams were promoted from Lt. Colonel
to Colonel as commanders of their regiments of militia.
In April, Gen. Augustine Prevost invaded
South Carolina, marched to Charlestown and demanded its surrender,
moved on to Stono Ferry and fought a strong retreating action
there, then retired back to Savannah. The South Carolinians took
the fight back to them in Savannah, but were again soundly defeated
by the British.
It would not be long before the British
up north refocued its attention on the South.