Fair American - Margery,
Stono River, off.
What: Skirmish, *Notre Dame, Beaufort, Bellona et al vs. 7 British ships, 26 June 1779
Other names: Battle with 7 British Vessels
Where: 32.60567, -79.94562 Arbitrary position, off mouth of Stono River
Maps: [map notes]
- Terry Lipscomb,
"South Carolina Revolutionary Battles: Part II". pp.XXI: p.25.
Yet another incident took place
when seven British supply ships were attacked
by Captain William Hall in the brig Notre Dame,
Captain William Tryon, in the brig Beaufort, and
Captain Hezekiah Anthony, in the brig Bellona,
with a number of other American vessels. Two
British ships were captured, one was blown up,
and the rest escaped. The action occurred at sea,
near the mouth of the Stono.
- Edward McCrady, The History of South Carolina in the Revolution, 1775-1780, 1902, p.98:
While General Prevost lay near the town several armed vessels brought him supplies from Savannah. To intercept this communication Captain William Hall, in the brig 'Notre Dame', Captain Tryon, in the brig 'Beaufort', Captain Anthony, in the brig 'Bellona', and some other private armed vessels put to sea under the direction of the navy board. They fell in with seven British vessels near Stono, two of which were taken and brought safe into Charleston; one was blown up and the rest escaped.
- E. Lee Spence, B.I.S., D.M.H., Shipwrecks of South Carolina and Georgia, "Spence's List 1520-1865", Sea Research Society, Sullivan's Island, SC, 1984, p.243
Edward McCrady in his History of South Carolina in the Revolution places his account of an engagement between an American fleet and 7 British vessels in his chapter on 1778 in his first volume, yet gives it as having taken place in June, 1779, in an appendix in his second volume. A British vessel was blown up in the encounter but no details as to the size, type or name of vessel are given, but presumably she was armed and of sufficient size that she attempted to fight the American vessels rather than surrender. The American fleet was composed of the South Carolina brig Notre Dame, Captain William Hall; the brig Beaufort, Captain Tryon; the brig Bellona, Captain Anthony; and some other privately armed vessels. Two of the other British vessels were captured and four escaped. McCrady gives the location of the engagement as “Near Stono,” (Stono Inlet, South Carolina).
p. 300-301. Mouth of the Stono River, Naval Skirmish, South Carolina, 26 June 1779.
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- Jun 1776 listing. 6/16/1776 Stono Creek, Charlestown Bar. Draw.
- Jun 1777 listing. 6/14/1777 Stono Inlet. Draw.
- May 1779 listing.
5/20/1779 Mathew's Plantation. British victory.
5/23/1779 Stono River. Draw.
- Jun 1779 listing.
6/1/1779 13 Mile-House, Stono Ferry. Insufficient data.
6/20/1779 Stono Ferry. Draw.
6/1779 Mouth of the Stono River. Naval action. Draw.
6/22 - 23/1779 Stanyarne's and Eveleigh's Plantation. American victory.
- Feb 1780 listing. 2/22/1780 Stono. American victory.
- Mar 1780 listing. 3/5/1780 Stono River. Draw.
Confidence level: See above.