What: Skirmish, *Lt.Col. Washington vs. Lt.Col. Tarleton, 26 March 1780 (JCP)
Where: 32.79618 -80.117571, Rantowle's Bridge
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Rantowle's Bridge, Skirmish, Charleston Campaign, 27 March 1780
Terry W. Lipscomb, Names in South Carolina, XXI, "South Carolina Revolutionary Battles, Part 2", English Dept., Univ. of South Carolina , Winter 1974, p.26
When the reinforcements arrived in the vicinity of Charleston, Sir Henry Clinton made a special trip from James Island to pay them a visit. The Americans, having learned of Clinton's whereabouts, set in motion a plan to capture the British commander-in-chief. Unfortunately, its execution was one day late. The objective was Governor John Rutledge's plantation house, located near Rantowle's Bridge, and Colonel William Washington surrounded the place on March 27 with three hundred light horse. The Americans did not succeed in surprising Clinton, who had already returned to his headquarters, but Washington did capture Lieutenant Colonel John Hamilton of the North Carolina Loyalists. Tarleton's dragoons rode in pursuit of Washington and fought a skirmish with his rear guard, which is memorable as the first encounter between the troops of those two famous opponents.12 The actual fighting took place some distance from Rantowle's Bridge, but that landmark is the most convenient for locating the battle. The plantation was only one of Governor Rutledge's holdings; his family home was in Christ Church Parish on the other side of Charleston. The property near Rantowle's was called simply his Stono plantation, a name which invites confusion with the numerous Stono River fights which happened during Prevost's invasion,13 Rantowle's Bridge could correspond with the present U. S. 17 highway bridge over Rantowles Creek, not far from William Washington's burial place. The plantation was about a mile east of the bridge.
On the 27th, near Rantowle's bridge, he had a rencounter with Col. Washington, at the head of his legion of 300 men; Tarleton was worsted in this affair, and lost seven men, prisoners.
Confidence level: 3