Beach Island.

What: Skirmish 1 May 1781: Elijah Clark vs. Thomas Brown

Other names: Beech Island

Where: 33.356026, -81.917223

Maps: [map notes]


  • James Cook's 1773 map :

    Beach Island

  • Mouzon's 1775 map:

    Beach Island

  • GNIS detail for modern Beach Island. This is obviously a much smaller area than "Beach Island" was considered to be in 1773-1776.

  • NBBAS:Three P. 216
    Beech Island, Savannah River, South Carolina
    1 May 1781

    After Moses Shelby and Carr attacked Major Dill at New Bridge they returned to Elijah Clarke’s militia at Beech Island. Thomas Brown found out that the partisans were on the island and sent a force out to silence them. A force of Loyalists and Indians rowed across to the island in canoes. Clark received word that they were coming and was able to escape, but not before Brown’s men killed the pickets on the island.

  • Sherman, "Calendar..." Search for beach island (2 locations). Shows 15 May 1781. To avoid long downloads, use option to "Save and view this PDF in Reader".

  • RevWar75   listing. 5/1/1781. Shown as American victory.

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    Submitted by: Patrick O'Kelley. Located by John Robertson.

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