November 15, 1780 – This Day During The American Revolution – Skirmish at White’s Bridge

November 15, 1780 – Skirmish at White’s Bridge (also White’s Plantation) and Alston’s Plantation, Georgetown County, South Carolina – Members of Marion’s force under Col. Peter Horry fought loyalist militia from Capt. James Lewis’ company, at White’s Plantation just outside Georgetown. The loyalists, who had been slaughtering cattle, were ultimately dispersed, however, only after a number of Col. Peter Horry’s men were seriously wounded, and Capt. Lewis killed. On the same date, Marion sent a separate force under Captain John Melton to the Pens, or Alston’s plantation, where they were ambushed and routed by Capt. Jesse Barfield’s and his militia. Among the slain was Marion’s nephew, Gabriel Marion. Marion later reported that Barfield was wounded. On the 17th, Marion wrote to Brig. Gen. Harrington from Black Mingo: “The day I got (to Georgetown) they received a reinforcement of 200 Tories under Captains Barefield and Lewis from Pee Dee. The next day the Tories came out and we scummaged (sic) with them. Part (of them) I cut off from the town, and drove the rest in, except the two men killed, and twelve taken prisoners, our loss was Lt. Gabriel Marion…Capt. Barefield was wounded in his head and body, but got off. Captain James Lewis, commonly called `otter skin Lewis’ was one killed. I stayed two days within 3 miles of the town, in which time most of the Tories left their friends and went home.” In his report to Gates of the 20th Marion stated that in his recent encounter outside Georgetown he had lost Lt. Gabriel Marion, one private also killed, and three wounded, while killing three loyalists and taking 12 prisoners. He went on to say “Many of my people has left me & gone over to the Enemy, for they think we have no army coming in & have been Deceived, as we hear nothing from you in a great while, I hope to have a line from you in what manner to act & some assurance to the people of support.” The combined loyalist force in the area at the time then numbered some 200, though prior to his attack Marion had understood there were only 50. While in the area, Marion learned that the garrison at Georgetown contained 80 regulars, “with swivels and cohorns on the parapets.”

Skirmish at White’s Bridge

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