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Dorchester

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11 May 1779, Skirmish. ??
25 Mar 1780, Skirmish. Dorchester Road. See Dorchester Road
28 Apr 1781, Skirmish. ??
5 July 1781, Horse Savannah, Dorchester Road, Capture of Williamson at Horse Savannah
15 Jul 1781, Raid, Fort Dorchester, Lt.Col. Henry Lee, British fled. See Fort Dorchester
31 Aug 1781, Raid, Capt. Geo. Cooper, drove off cattle at Dorchester Fort. See Fort Dorchester
1 Dec 1781, Skirmish, Fort Dorchester, American victory. See Fort Dorchester
30 Dec 1781, Skirmish. ??
14 Jan 1782, Skirmish, Lt. John Kelty vs. *Maj. John Coffin
21 Apr 1782, Skirmish, Capt. O'Neal vs. Capt. Geo. Dawkins.
26 Apr 1782, Skirmish.
28 May 1782, Fair Spring, American victory. See Fair Spring

Where: 32.950 -80.171 Dorchester

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  • Terry Lipscomb, "South Carolina Revolutionary War Battles", Part Eight, Names in South Carolina, XXVII, Winter 1980:
    [Ref 14 Jan 1782]
    [p.18] A third skirmish was fought near Dorchester on January 14, 1782. Major Thomas Fraser surprised a party of Continental dragoons belonging to Baylor's Regiment, and captured Lieutenarit John Kelty, with seven of his troops.

  • Terry Lipscomb, "South Carolina Revolutionary War Battles", Part Nine, Names in South Carolina, XXVIII, Winter 1981:
    [p.33] Upon the adjournment of the Jacksonborough Assembly [February 26, 1782], General Greene moved his camp from Skirving's plantation to Bacons Bridge, at the head of Ashley River. This was the bridge two miles above the fort at Dorchester; Bacons Bridge corresponded to the modern highway bridge on S.C. 165 across the Ashley River in southern Dorchester County. Greene's encampment was located at the crossroads just west oŁ the bridge, and the army remained at this position throughout the spring of 1782.

    [Ref 21 Apr 1782]
    [p.35] On the morning of April 21, the Patriot cavalry under Captain Ferdinand O'Neal proceeded across Bacons Bridge to patrol the east side of Ashley River in the direction of the Quarter House. O'Neal soon discovered that a party of British horse under Captain George Dawkins had penetrated north of the American position as far as Slanns Bridge (where U.S. 17-A now crosses the Ashley River). The Patriots advanced rapidly toward the town of Dorchester and encountered the British patrol as it was leaving the village on its return southward. The two cavalry units charged each other, but before either side had gained an advantage, a second party of enemy cavalry, dismounted and armed with carbines, ambushed the Americans. O'Neal's men took the only avenue of retreat open to them, heading directly away from the river on the Gaillard Road. The Americans lost three or four killed and wounded, and nine men and fifteen horses captured by the enemy.6 The engagement evidently took place on the eastern outskirts of Dorchester near the bridge over Bossua or Boshoe Creek, which is today known as Dorchester Creek. Several roads in the country north of Charleston have been called Gaillard Road, but it seems clear that the Gaillard Road referred to in connection with this skirmish was the public road leading from Dorchester to Moncks Corner by way of Goose Creek, or modern state secondary road 230 in Dorchester County.

  • NBBAS:All:
    11 May 1779, Skirmish. Not found, Vol.One.
    25 Mar 1780, Skirmish. Dorchester Road. Vol. Two, p.127-128. Revlist post.
    28 Apr 1781, Skirmish. Not found. Vol. Three.
    5 Jul 1781, capture of Williamson at Horse Savannah on Dorchester Road. Vol. Three, p.280-281. Revlist post. See Horse Savannah.
    [8-10 July 1781, Lee sent to Fort Dorchester, Vol. Three, p.284.]. Revlist post.
    15 Jul 1781, Raid, Fort Dorchester, Lt.Col. Henry Lee, British fled. Vol. Three, p.286, 289. Revlist post. Another Revlist post. See Fort Dorchester
    31 Aug 1781, Raid, Capt. Geo. Cooper, drove off cattle at Dorchester Fort, Vol. Three, p.324, 327. Revlist post. Another Revlist post. See Fort Dorchester
    [Aug 1781, Fort Dorchester, British strengthened. Vol. Three, p.344.]
    1 Dec 1781, Skirmish, Fort Dorchester, American victory. Vol. Three, p.402-403. Revlist post. See Fort Dorchester
    30 Dec 1781, Skirmish. Not found, Volume Three.
    14 Jan 1782, Skirmish, British victory. Lt. John Kelty vs. *Maj. John Coffin. p.30,Volume Four. Revlist post.
    21 Apr 1782, Skirmish, Capt. O'Neal vs. Capt. Geo. Dawkins, p.55-58, Volume Four. Revlist post.
    26 Apr 1782, Skirmish. [Likely included in p.55-58, Volume Four].
    28 May 1782, Fair Spring, American victory. Vol. Four, p.72-73. Revlist post. See Fair Spring

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  • May 1779 listing: 5/11/1779 Dorchester. Insufficient data.
  • Mar 1780 listing: 3/25/1780 Dorchester Road. Insufficient data.
  • Apr 1781 listing: 4/28/1781 Dorchester. Draw.
  • Jul 1781 listing: 7/5/1781 Horse Savannah. Draw. See Horse Savannah
  • Jul 1781 listing: 7/15/1781 Dorchester. Draw. See Fort Dorchester
  • Aug 1781 listing: 8/31/1781 Dorchester. Draw. See Fort Dorchester
  • Dec 1781 listing: 12/1/1781 Fort Dorchester. American victory. See Fort Dorchester
  • Dec 1781 listing: 12/30/1781 Dorchester. Draw.
  • Jan 1782 listing: 1/14/1782 Dorchester. British victory.
  • Apr 1782 listing: 4/21/1782 Dorchester. Draw.
  • Apr 1782 listing: 4/26/1782 Dorchester. Draw.
  • May 1782 listing: 5/28/1782 Dorchester (Fair Spring). American victory. See Fair Spring

    Related locations:
    Fort Dorchester   Fair Spring   Horse Savannah   Dorchester Creek   Dorchester Road  

    Confidence level:: See above.