What: Skirmish, Maitland vs. Americans, 7 May 1779
Where: 32.7810096, -80.6381603 (WGS84/NAD83).
Maps: [map notes]
- Lt. Anthony Allaire's Diary:
Sunday, 19th. Passed Saltketcher river - where the bridge formerly stood, but has been destroyed since the rebellion - in boats, and swam the horses. The causeway on both sides of the river is overflowed with water from two to three feet deep, at the ferry house, about a quarter of a mile from the river. Dr. Johnson dressed the wounds of Maj. Wright and the four Rebels that were bayoneted yesterday. Marched one mile and a half to a tavern kept by Mr. Gibson, who is at present prisoner in Charleston, for not taking up arms when his country so loudly calls for assistance.
Monday, 20th. The army got in motion, marching about two miles. Received orders to halt, the rear guard being fired on ; it proved to be the [New] York Volunteers, getting the boats on the carriages at the river, were fired on by a skulking party of rascals on the other side of the stream. Three poor lads of the York Volunteers were killed. What damage was done to the Rebels we are not certain. Detained by this and repairing of bridges on the road, we only marched seven miles this day. Took up our ground at a place called Godfrey's savannah.
Tuesday, 21st. The army got in motion. Marched to Fish Pond river. Here we were detained to repair the bridge till evening. Before we crossed we moved on about three miles, through a swamp, over an exceeding bad causeway. This day Col. Tarleton, with his dragoons, joined us from Beaufort, where he had been to get horses - his being all lost on the passage from New York. We took up our ground about ten o'clock at night, and remained till ten o'clock next morning.
- The distance from Saltketcher Bridge to Fishpond Bridge is 12.1 miles.
- William Dobien James, Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion. Not mentioned in description of Parker's Ferry.
Fish Pond Bridge, South Carolina [i]
After Prévost crossed the Coosawhatchee River, he divided his force into two columns. Prévost continued on towards Charleston and Maitland moved towards the Saltketcher Bridge. Maitland had been ordered to repair the bridges there that had been burned by Moultrie’s retreating army.
After Maitland had repaired the Saltketcher Bridge, he marched 13 miles to the Fish Pond Bridge, which had also been burned. Maitland repaired that bridge, and then halted two miles away.
Major Skelly was with Maitland force, and he wrote "A party of Rebel horse fired at some of our Scouts, wounded an Indian and two others, and then rode off."
That night Prevost and his army crossed the Combahee Ferry and joined Maitland’s force. The whole army then marched to the Horseshoe Bridge, which had also been destroyed by Moultrie’s force. On May 8th Prevost marched his army to Parker’s Ferry.[ii]
[i] Fish Pond Bridge is located where Highway 303 [Ritter Rd, S-15-41? See GNIS Google map.] SR crosses the Ashepoo River, near Catholic Hill.
[ii] Charles C.Jones, Skelly, F. Demonstration Against Charleston, South Carolina, in 1779: Journal of Brigade Major F. Skelly. (Magazine of American History, 26 August, November 1891)
- Mills Atlas, Colleton District, circa 1820
- Sherman's Calendar....
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- May 1779 listing Not found.
- Mar 1780 listing 3/20/1780 Salkehatchie River. Shown as a draw.
Related sites: Godfrey's Savannah, Saltketcher Bridge
Submitted by: John Robertson.
Confidence level: See above.