Rantowle's Bridge

Rantowle's Bridge.

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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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  • Colleton District, circa 1820 Mills Atlas. It may be noted that the brige crosses Rantowles Creek just above the junction of another stream (modern Wallace Creek or River), just north of the junction of Rantowles Creek with the Stono River. This corresponds reasonably close to the location of the modern US-17 bridge across Rantowles Creek.

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  • NBBAS:Two, p.129-30
    Rantowle's Bridge, Skirmish, Charleston Campaign, 27 March 1780
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    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.

    12 Hough, p. 161; Tarleton, pp. 8-9.
    13 Richard Barry, Mr. Rutledge of South Carolina, pp. 28, 36.

  • William Dobein James, A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion, Chapter 2, Campaign Of 1780, [Use Control-F, search for "27th"]
    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.

  • Sherman, "Calendar...". p.89. Also, search for rantowle's bridge. 7 returns, all relevant. To avoid future long downloads, use option to "Save and view this PDF in Reader".

  • RevWar75  
  • Mar 1780 listing. 3/27/1780 Rantowle's Bridge. Shown as American victory.

    Related sites: Stono River (mouth),   Stono Ferry,   Stono Ferry - Rattlesnake,   Mathews Plantation,  , Stanyarne Plantation,  ,

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