Ogeechee Fy   n. of Ogeechee Fy  

Ogeechee Ferry.

What:
Col. Jackson vs. *Lt. Col. George Campbell, 2 Nov 1781
*Gen. Anthony Wayne vs. Thomas Brown, 20 May 1782

Other names: Indian Old Fields

Where:
31.98813 -81.28596 Action on causeway toward Savannah
31.9782637 -81.288722, Ogeechee Ferry (Kings Ferry Bridge)

Maps: [map notes]

  • 31.98813,-81.28596 Action on causeway toward Savannah
  • ACME Mapper.
  • National Map
  • Google.
  • Confidence: 2 (for causeway action)

  • 31.9782637 -81.2887222, Ogeechee Ferry (Kings Ferry Bridge)
  • GNIS record for Kings Ferry Bridge.
  • Confidence: 5 (for bridge), 4 (for action at ferry)

    Sources:

    • Archibald Campbell, 1780 map:

      108

    • NBBAS:Three. p.381-383.
      Indian Old Fields, Ogeechee River Ferry, Georgia
      2 November 1781

      After the battle of Blackstocks General John Twiggs had returned to Georgia. He wanted to sever the communication between Savannah and the British posts at Great Ogeechee ferry and Sunbury. He ordered Colonel Jackson, with Stallings' dragoons, McKay's riflemen, and Carr's Volunteer Dragoons, to attack the British post at Great Ogeechee ferry. The post was known as the White House.

      On November 2nd Jackson encountered a scouting party of Captain Johnston’s King’s Rangers. Jackson was able to capture them without spreading any alarm. Unfortunately Captain Johnston had not been with the patrol. Jackson continued on to the White House before Johnston could be warned of of his approach.

      Jackson’s attack was so sudden that Johnston agreed to surrender. When he was ready to hand over his sword to Jackson, Captain Patrick Carr killed Thomas Goldsmith, one of Johnston’s officers. Johnston rushed into the house and called upon his men to sell their lives as dearly as possible. Captain William Bugg of Jackson’s militia was wounded in the exchange.

      Lieutenant Colonel George Campbell was a half a mile away with his King’s American Regiment and Wylly’s Company of the King’s Rangers. Campbell rode to the fight and charged into the Georgia militia, dispersing them. In the close fight Campbell lost twelve men killed and wounded.

      Captain James McKay left Jackson’s force to search for plunder in the Loyalists homes. McKay rode to Butler's house, a mile from the ferry, where there were fifteen loyalists under the command of Captain Howell. Captain Howell was lying in bed due to a sickness. McKay captured the post even though it offered stiff resistance. Howell and five of his men were killed. Five others were captured.

    • NBBAS:Four. p.68-70.
      Harris’s Bridge, Ogeechee Ferry, Georgia
      Siege of Savannah
      20 May 1782

      Colonel Brown was still expecting the Creek chief Emistisiguo and his band of Creeks, so he sent Captain Ingram and the Volunteers of Augusta to the Ogeechee Ferry. General Wayne discovered that Brown’s detachment had left from Savannah and plotted a course to intercept him. Wayne’s advance force consisted of the Light Infantry of Posey’s Battalion led by Captain Parker and the Continental dragoons under the command of Colonel Anthony White.

      Wayne received word from Lieutenant Colonel Jackson and his Georgia Legion that the British were in force at Harris’s Bridge on the Ogeechee Road. A smaller force was at the Ogeechee Ferry. Wayne decided that trying to attack through the thick swamp was not realistic. He determined that his force could attack on the road relying "more upon prowess than numbers."

      At ten o’clock that night Parker and his Light Infantry encountered Ingram’s Loyalists. Parker immediately demanded the countersign from the British officer. Ingram did not fall back, but instead approached in a friendly attitude, not understanding that Parker was the enemy. All of Ingram’s patrol except one dragoon was captured. The one dragoon that escaped warned Brown of the approach of Wayne’s army.

      At midnight Brown arrived with a force of Rangers, infantry and the dragoons of the King’s American Regiment under Captain Isaac Atwood. Atwood ran into the Patriot dragoons led by Lieutenant Bower on the causeway leading back to Savannah. Wayne immediately ordered Bowyer and the dragoons to charge. Atwood and his dragoons fell back upon Brown’s infantry, making it unable to deploy on the narrow causeway. Colonel White and his Dragoons waded into the mass of Loyalists with sword and bayonet. With nowhere to deploy Brown fell back into the swamps and returned to Savannah. For some of his men it took two days to return to safety.

      Moultrie wrote that the British had forty men killed and eighteen captured. Wayne only lost five killed and two wounded. Wayne advanced towards Savannah trying to entice General Clarke out of the defenses. The only opposition was a few "indians and Negroes" that came out and fired some ineffective long-range shots at his infantry. Seeing that Clark would not take the bait Wayne returned to Ebenezer.

    • AmericanRevolution.com lists following Ogeechee actions:
      Ogeechee Ferry 4/4/1780
      Ogeechee Ferry [Skirmish] 11/2/1781
      Ogeechee Road, near Savannah 5/21/1782

    • Sons of the American Revolution lists:
      6/28/1779 Butler's Plantation (Hickory Hill Ogeechee Ferry)
      9/19/1779 Ogeechee Ferry
      5/20/1782 Ogeechee Ferry (Harris' Bridge, Brown's Defeat)
      5/21/1782 Ogeechee Road near Savannah

    • OurGeorgiaHistory.com says:
      ...at the Ogeechee Ferry on the King's Road...

    • The Search for the Old King's Road. Also, of interest, Tracing Old Kings Road.

    • Hinton map, 1779:
      Hinton1779

    • Sherman, "Calendar...". Too late for this work. No other ref's to Ogeechee Ferry found. To avoid long downloads, use option to "Save and view this PDF in Reader".

    • RevWar75 RevWar75 All listings containing Ogeechee are shown. Those for Ogeechee Ferry shown in boldface.
      • listing. 6/22/1778 Ogeechee River. Shown as American victory.
      • listing.
        6/26/1779 near Ogeechee River. Shown as American victory.
        6/28/1779 Butler's Plantation (Hickory Hill, Ogeechee Ferry). Shown as insufficient data.
      • listing. 9/19/1779 Ogeechee Ferry. Shown as draw.
      • listing.
        3/20/1780 Ogeechee River. Shown as draw.
        3/28/1780 Ogeechee. Shown as insufficient data.
      • listing. 4/5/1780 Wright's Plantation (Ogeechee River Ferry). Shown as draw.
      • listing. 7/12/1781 Ogeechee River. Shown as draw.
      • listing. 11/2/1781 Indian Old Fields (Ogeechee River Ferry). Shown as British victory.
      • listing. 6/24/1782 Ogeechee Road, near Savannah. Shown as American victory.

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    Submitted by: Patrick O'Kelley.

    Confidence level: See above.