Friendly fire, Maj. Patrick Ferguson vs. Maj. Charles Cochran, 14 Mar 1780
Gen. Patterson camped at plantation of Isaac McPherson, 17-20 Mar 1780
Col. James Ladson vs. Capt. Abraham DePeyster, 18 Mar 1780, 6 mi. away
Apr 1781, unk. American cdr. vs. South Carolina Militia (Loyalist)
32.690560 -80.91689 McPherson's Plantation historical marker (JCP)
32.6918436 -80.9192743 McPherson's Plantation (McPhersonville)
Maps: [map notes]
- 32.690560,-80.91689 McPherson's Plantation historical marker (JCP)
- ACME Mapper.
- National Map
- Confidence: 5(marker), 3(Plantation)
- 32.6918436 -80.9192743 McPhersonville
- GNIS record for McPhersonville.
Note mapping options.
- Confidence: 5(McPhersonville), 2(Plantation), 0(Ladson-Depeyster)
- McPherson Historic Kiosk at McPhersonville Church, courtesy of Jack Parker:
- Terry Lipscomb, Names in South Carolina, XXI, p.25,
"South Carolina Revolutionary Battles: Part II". pp.XXI:25.
While Clinton was beginning his encirclement of
Charleston, General James Paterson marched by land
from Savannah with British reinforcements to aid in
the seige.8 These troops fought several skirmishes
with South Carolina militia before they reached
Charleston. The first skirmish in which they were
engaged, however, was a curious affair which involved
no Patriot troops at all. Major Patrick Ferguson's
American Volunteers and Major Charles Cochrane's
detachment of the Legion were ordered forward by
Paterson to secure the river crossing. While in advance
of the main army, they received intelligence of two
parties of Patriot militia in the area and set out in
pursuit. After a fruitless chase, Ferguson reached the
abandoned American camp at McPherson's
Plantation on the evening of March 14 and decided to
rest his own troops for the night. Major Cochrane,
coming upon the same location by a roundabout route,
concluded that Ferguson's men were the enemy and
launched an attack. By the time the two British
commanders recognized each other's voices and
stopped the fight, three men had been killed, several
badly wounded, and Ferguson had received a bayonet
wound in his left arm.9 We have been unable to find
the exact location of this incident, but it could not have
occurred very far from the present town of
8 Banastre Tarleton, A History of the Campaigns of 1780 and
1781 in the Southern Provinces of North America, pp. 7-8;
9 Franklin Benjamin Hough, The Siege of Charleston, pp. 157-
- Terry Lipscomb, "South Carolina Revolutionary Battles - Part Ten (MS H-2-2)", unpublished, p.25-26
In April of l78l, Marion received intelligence that the
Tories on the north side of Pee Dee were intending to lend their support to
British operations by joining Colonel John Watson.
Colonel Peter Horry
crossed the Pee Dee with a force of seventy Patriot troops and fell in with
a comparable number of British and Loyalists who were on a foraging expedition.
Horry's cavalry charged the enemy party at McPherson's plantation,
killing two and capturing thirteen British, two Toriest and two slaves.
The Patriots did not lose a single man. No information has yet been found
that reveals the location of either of these two skirmishes.34
The South Carolina and American General Gazette, November 15,
1780; Gregg, Old Cheraws, pp. 340, 341; Marion to Greene, April 21, 1781,
Continental Congress Papers, Item 155.
- Banastre Tarleton, A History Of The Campaigns Of 1780 And 1781, In The Southern Provinces Of
North America, Chapter 1, p.8-9
About the middle of March, General Patterson crossed the Savannah river, and on his march
towards the Cambayee, through swamps and difficult passes, had frequent skirmishes with the
militia of the country: A casual engagement likewise took place between Majors Ferguson and
Cochrane, the former with his own corps, the latter with the infantry of the British legion; in
which, the intrepidity and presence of mind of the leaders prevented any fatal extremity. These
active officers, with their light troops, moved on the flanks of Brigadier-general Patterson's
command, and each receiving intelligence of a corps of the enemy in the front, thought to
surprise the Americans, and by an attack in the night deliver the main body from molestation.
Ferguson marched, and arrived early in the night near the post from which he meant to dislodge
the enemy; he found they were decamped, and he took their position, as the King's troops were
to pass near it in the morning: Cochrane reached the place before day, and judging by the fires
that the enemy were still in possession, he led his men to the attack with fixed bayonets, when
the two commanders, in front of their respective corps, recognized each other's voice, and
suppressed a conflict which might have been both mortifying and destructive.
- RoyalProvincial.com, "War Chronology, 1781"
Apr 1781, McPherson's Plantation, South Carolina, detachment of South Carolina Militia (Loyalist)
- Mar 1780 listing:
3/14/1780 McPherson's Plantation. Draw. Per O'Kelley.
3/17/1780 McPherson's Plantation. British victory Per O'Kelley.
Revlist post. It appears that the Ladson - DePeyster encounter occurred between McPherson's and Saltketcher Bridge.
- Apr 1781 listing:
4/1781 McPherson's Plantation. Insufficient data. Per Braisted.
Confidence level:: See above.