List of Revolutionary War Battles for 1779

Great Britain changed its strategy after France entered the Revolutionary War and rather than attacking in the North, they concentrated on conquering the colonies from the South. British leaders believed that most Southerners supported the king. Although the British failed to find as much loyalist support as they expected, they defeated the Americans in several important battles. The patriots were forced onto the defensive in the South but they attacked successfully in the West and at sea.

Fighting in the West broke out because land-hungry colonists crossed the Appalachian Mountains and settled on Indian territory. During the Revolutionary War, Indians raided white settlements in the wilderness with British encouragement. In 1778, Virginia had sent militiamen, led by Lieutenant Colonel George Rogers Clark, to strike back at the British. Clark captured several settlements in what are now southern Illinois and southern Indiana. The British recaptured the settlement at Vincennes in Indiana but Clark and his men fought their way back to Vincennes across flooded countryside and took its British and Indian defenders by surprise in February 1779.

The first stage of Britain's Southern strategy called for the capture of a major Southern port, such as Charleston, S.C., or Savannah, Ga., which Britain could then use as a base for rallying Southern loyalists and for launching further military campaigns. After its army moved on, the British expected loyalists to keep control of the conquered areas. Britain assumed it could more easily retake the North after overcoming resistance in the South.

Britain's Southern campaign had opened late in 1778 when, on December 29, a large British force sailed from New York City and easily captured Savannah. Within a few months, the British controlled all Georgia.

Congress named Major General Benjamin Lincoln commander of the Southern Department of the Continental Army. In October 1779, Lincoln and Admiral d'Estaing failed to drive the British from Savannah. Afterward, d'Estaing returned to France, and Lincoln retreated to Charleston. A joint operation by French and American forces had again ended in failure, and Georgia remained in British hands.

January of 1779

January 1, 1779 at Zubly's Ferry, South Carolina

After the capture of Savannah, Lt. Col. Archibald Campbell continued to move up the Savannah River towards Purrysburg, South Carolina. The Light Infantry of the 71st Highlanders were leading the way when they learned that the Patriots were taking slaves who were the property of Georgia Loyalists to the South Carolina side. Lt. Col. Campbell gave "a Confidential Mulatto" a musket and "sent him forward with a Number of Negroes to the Bank of the River to call out to the Rebels for God’s Sake send over the Boats and save his Master’s Slaves from falling into the hands of the King’s Troops."

On the Georgia side, Lt. Col. Campbell hid his Light Infantry within the woods. The Patriots took the bait and rowed the ferryboats over to the Georgia side. When the boats reached the shore, the Mulatto fired his musket, and the Light Infantry sprang out and seized the boats. Lt. Col. Campbell did not lose a single man, and 83 slaves were "rescued" within site of the 1,000 troops under Major General Benjamin Lincoln.
Conclusion: British Victory

Januaru 6-9, 1779 at Sunbury, Georgia

On January 6-9, a 3-day siege of 2,000 British and Indian forces, commanded by Maj. Gen. Augustine Prevost, captured Sunbury and its 200-man Patriot garrison. Casualties were light on both sides.
Conclusion: British Victory

January 9, 1779 in Sunbury, Georgia

In November 1778, a superior British force from Florida, under Col. Fuser of the 60th Regiment, besieged Fort Morris. To the ultimatum to surrender, the American commander, Col. John McIntosh, sent back the laconic reply: "COME AND TAKE IT". The British thereupon abandoned the siege and retired southward.
In January 1779, the British force had returned to Sunbury by water. Fort Morris was then under the command of Maj. Joseph Lane of the Continental Army.
Ordered by his superiors to evacuate Sunbury following the fall of Savannah, Lane found reasons to disobey and undertook to defend the fort against the overwhelming British force, under Gen. Augustin Prevost.
On January 9, after a short but heavy bombardment by the British navy, Fort Morris surrendered with its garrison of 159 Continentals and 45 militiamen.
Conclusion: British Victory

January 25, 1779 at Briar Creek, Georgia

On January 25, at 4:00 A.M., Lt. Col. Archibald Campbell marched the British force 10 miles to Hudson's Ferry. He sent the Light Infantry and the South Carolina Royalists to Briar Creek, an additional 14 miles away, to secure the bridge there. The Patriot force at the bridge had learned of the British approach and set fire to the bridge. The British surprised them as they arrived at the bridge.
For 45 minutes, the skirmish raged on. The British finally forced the Patriot force to withdraw. This allowed the British time to put out the fire and capture the bridge.
Conclusion: British Victory. Casualties: British: 3k, 6w, 7c

January 26, 1779 at Burke County, Georgia

The 120-man Georgia Patriot militia rallied at the Burke County Jail to stop the British advance. They knew that the jail would be a target for the British. Maj. James M. Prevost ordered a 230-man detachment of East Florida Rangers, commanded by Lt. Col. Thomas Brown, and a detachment of South Carolina Royalists, commanded by Lt. Col. Joseph Robinson, on a rescue mission to rescue the Loyalist prisoners at the jail.
On January 26, in the morning, the 230 Loyalists attacked the jail from 3 sides. At the time, militiamen were asleep inside. When the attack started, they awoke and quickly drove the Loyalists back. The fighting lasted all day.
That night, the Loyalists made another attack. After 45 minutes of fighting, Brown withdrew his men and rejoined the main British force that was heading towards Augusta.
Conclusion: American Victory. Casualties: American: 9k, 5w; British: 5k, 5w, 9c

January 26, 1779 at Briar Creek, Georgia

On January 26, Lt. Col. Archibald Campbell left a detachment of 30 South Carolina Loyalists and 20 Georgia Dragoons to guard the bridge at Briar Creek. The creek had become a formidable defensive position with an abitis around the houses there, and loopholes in the houses to fire out of. A group of 30 South carolina militia had wandered to the bridge when they were ambushed by the Loyalists. The militia were quickly defeated.
Conclusion: British Victory

January 29-February 13, 1779 at Augusta, Georgia

Brigadier General Prevost's path to Savannah from Florida took him through Augusta. On January 29, 1779, they took control of that city. Augusta is located on the Savannah River and was an important victory for the British because it gave them control over the river and opened the doors for transporting their equipment.
Conclusion: British Victory

January 30, 1779 at Fort Henderson, Georgia

On January 30, Col. Samuel Elbert was commanding his Georgia militia when they were attacked by Lt. Col. Archibald Campbell's British force. Towards evening, Campbell closed with Elbert's force at Spirit Creek. Elbert had left 200 men in a small stockade, known as Fort Henderson, on the other side of the creek.

Campbell bombarded the fort with his artillery for 10 minutes. After this time, the Georgians abandoned the fort. A company of the 71st Highlanders crossed the creek and took possession of the fort. The British rested at the fort for the night.
Conclusion: British Victory

February of 1779

February 1-2, 1779 at Port Royal Island, South Carolina

On February 1, Maj. Valentine Gardiner was ordered to conduct a naval landing and occupy Port Royal Island. They landed at Hilton Head Island and was immediately fired upon by Capt. Dougherty's militia. The British pursued the militia. The British ships that had been accompanying the landing force continued up the Broad River and anchored opposite the plantation of Brig. Gen. Bull on Port Royal Island. Capt. Patrick Murray was ordered to go ashore and burn the plantations of the owners who had fled. The first plantation he burned belonged to Capt. Thomas Heyward, Jr.
In the evening, a group of militiamen began sniping at the British. This continued throughout the night.
On February 2, the armed brig HMS Lord George Germaine bombarded the house, chasing the militia out into the open. A British landing force chased them into the nearby woods and kept them away from the area.
Conclusion: British Victory

February ??, 1779 at Fort Independence, South Carolina

Initially a frontier plantation, Fort Independence was purchased by South Carolina in 1777 and garrisoned with an independent company. Functioning primarily as a deterrent to the restive Cherokees and Creeks, Fort Independence was important in maintaining South Carolina's frontier at a critical time. The fort was burned by Loyalists in early 1779.

The leader of this expedition, James Boyd, an Irishman from Raeburn Creek, South Carolina, had traveled to Georgia with a British invasion force from New York. He carried an open commission (as a Colonel) to recruit Loyalists for the British military from settlements behind the rebel lines.

Col. Boyd left Savannah sometime after January 20, 1779, and reached Wrightsborough, deep within the Georgia backcountry, by January 24, looking for guides into the South Carolina frontier. Within a week, he established a camp near present-day Spartanburg, South Carolina. With 350 recruits, he set out for Augusta on February 5. During their march south along the Indian frontier, Col. Boyd and his followers were joined by 250 North Carolinians under the command of John Moore.

The Loyalists were ineffectively pursued by small groups of Patriot militiamen. Col. Boyd's command captured Fort Independence and the outpost at Broad Mouth Creek in South Carolina, but they declined to attack the garrison of McGowan's Blockhouse on the Cherokee Ford of the Savannah River.

The Loyalists crossed the river further north at Vann's Creek on February 11. The garrison of Cherokee Ford, with reinforcements, attacked Col. Boyd's men at the crossing but were repulsed. As Col. Boyd and his men camped at Kettle Creek on February 14, he dispatched his prisoners to Augusta. He could not know that the British troops sent there to rendezvous with him had that morning begun a withdrawal toward Savannah.
Conclusion: British Victory

February 1, 1779 at Fort Lyttleton, South Carolina

Located two miles south of Beaufort on Spanish Point, Fort Lyttleton was originally built to protect against the Spanish. Completed in 1762, it was a triangular tabby-built work, 400 by 375 feet, with a bastion and two half-bastions, tabby barracks, and a magazine. Patriots seized the fort in 1775.

On February 1, Fort Lyttleton was attacked by the British. Capt. John Francis DeTreville (SC 4th Regiment) spiked the guns and blew up fort to prevent its capture by British who were ransacking nearby plantations on their way to Charlestown from Savannah (Prevost).
Conclusion: British Victory

February 1, 1779 at Hilton Head, South Carolina

A British landing force came ashore and came into contact with a small Patriot militia force. After a short action with the militia, the militia dispersed. The British force burned several homes and then returned to their ship.
Conclusion: British Victory

February 6, 1779 at Kiokee Creek, Georgia

On February 6, Col. John Dooly and 100 Georgia Patriots refugees to cross the Savannah River. They were to attack Capt. John Hamilton and the British force. Hamilton learned of the Patriots approach and set up an ambush near Kiokee Creek, about 30 miles north of Augusta. As the Patriots began to cross the river, they were ambushed by the British. They Patriots were driven back to the South carolina side of the river.
Conclusion: American Victory

February 6, 1779 at Thomas's Plantation, South Carolina

Loyalist Lt. Col. John Moore led an attack on February 6, to capture SC Patriot Militia Col. John Thomas, Sr., Lt. Col. William Wofford, and a store of gunpowder at the Thomas Homestead. Patriot Josiah Culbertson, Jane Thomas, and her children successfully defended the house and the Patriots’ military stores.

Lt. Col. Moore captured Lt. Col. William Wofford, but Col. Thomas was saved by the soon-arriving Capt. Matthew Patton, who had come when Col. Thomas's daughter, Leitha, rode out to find him. After a few volleys most of Capt. Patton's men ran off, soon followed by Capt. Matthew Patton and Col. John Thomas, Sr.

On the second floor was Josiah Culbertson, with his wife, his mother, his mother-in-law Jane Thomas, and Col. Thomas's wife and 12-year-old son William. They fired every gun in the house and quickly reloaded, making Lt. Col. John Moore and his Loyalists to reconsider and to withdraw. The gunpowder that was saved later proved to be instrumental for the Patriots in the battles of Rocky Mount and Hanging Rock during the next year.
Conclusion: American Victory

February 8-10, 1779 in Wilkes County, Georgia

British commander, Col. Hamilton's goal was Carr's Fort, one of the numerous blockhouses of Wilkes County. Col. Andrew Pickens, foreseeing Hamilton's line of march, sent a subordinate ahead to arrange for defense of this fort, a refuge of women and children, Finding it protected by a few old patriots, the officer deemed defense impracticable and allowed the British to take possession; but the enemy were so closely pushed by the American forces under Co.l John Dooly and Pickens that they were forced to leave their horses and baggage outside the stockade.

Although there was little shooting during this encounter because of the women and children inside the fort, nine British and five Americans were killed while three loyalists and seven patriots were wounded. Pickens hurriedly sent men to take possession of a log house, from which the patriots could command the only effective, source of water, and planned to starve the British into surrender. Soon, however, he received news that Col John Boyd, a notorious Tory, with eight hundred loyalists was moving toward Georgia from South Carolina. The American patriots hastened across the Savannah to meet Col John Boyd, and Col. Hamilton retreated to Wrightsboro, in a neighboring county.
Conclusion: Draw

February 9, 1779 at Middleton's Ferry, Georgia

On February 9, Capt. Moses Wheatly went on a reconnaissance patrol with 20 mounted East Florida Rangers. The Patriots learned of the patrol and Capt. Cooper, along with 12 Horse Rangers, were sent to stop the Loyalists. Cooper was behind the Loyalists and captured the entire force when they stopped for dinner. The Loyalists did not put up any resistance.
Conclusion: American Victory

February 9, 1779 at Brownsborough, Georgia

On February 9, Capt. Robert Phillip and 20 South Carolina Royalists were located at Brownsborough to watch for any movements of the Patriot forces. Capt. Cooper and 20 Georgia Regiments Horse Rangers attacked the Royalists as they were entering their camp. The Royalists reacted quickly, killing 2 Rangers and driving them back. Phillips pursued the Rangers and was able to capture half of the Rangers and some of their provisions.
Conclusion: British Victory

February 10, 1779 at Vann's Creek, Georgia

On February 10, Capt. Robert Anderson received a message from Capt. James Little asking for assistance against the South Carolina Loyalist Militia, commanded by Col. James Boyd, at Cherokee Ford. The ford was located on the Savannah River. Anderson arrived at the ford shortly after the Loyalists bypassed the ford. Anderson and Little's militia crossed the ford into Georgia in order to attack Boyd when he crossed over the Savannah River.
Anderson discovered the Loyalists crossing at Vann's Creek and ordered his militia to open fire on them. The Loyalists maneuvered to the flanks and rear of Anderson's force by moving undetected through the canebreaks. Anderson was unable to sustain a fight from two directions and ordered his force to retreat. They regrouped at Cherokee Ford.
Conclusion: British Victory.

February 14, 1779 at Cherokee Ford, South Carolina

Before leaving Carr's Fort for South Carolina, Col. Pickens and Dooly called for reinforcements under Capt. Anderson to patrol the Savannah in order to hold back the loyalist forces whenever they should attempt a crossing. Tory leader, Col. John Boyd changed his course of march, failed to encounter Col. Pickens, and attempted to cross into Wilkes at Cherokee Ford, which he found protected by a blockhouse.

On the morning of February 14, Colonel Boyd was surprised by the rebel force. He consequently went five miles up the river and effected a crossing by dividing his men into small groups and sending them across on rafts. Passage was hotly contested by a small force of a hundred Americans, Pickens commanded the center, Colonel John Dooley the right and Elijah Clarke the left. The Tory pickets fired and then retreated into camp. Boyd rallied his men who fought on for over an hour before finally being defeated. Boyd would die that evening from wounds. All the captured Tories were convicted of treason and five were hanged. Pickens' victory destroyed Tory morale in South Carolina, while bolstering the numbers of Patriot militia. Col. John Boyd lost a hundred men, killed, wounded, and missing. Sixteen Americans were killed and wounded and an equal number were taken prisoners.
Conclusion: American Victory

February 18, 1779 at ??, Georgia

On February 18, a Patriot force attacked the British garrison at Herbert's Store. The store was located on the Savannah River. The Patriots succeeded in killing or capturing most of the British force and 200 horses.
Conclusion: American Victory

February 19, 1779 at South Carolina coast, South Carolina

Massachusetts privateer Monmouth engaged an unnamed enemy ship with 20 guns. The Monmouth had some men wounded and was not able to capture the other ship.
Conclusion: Inconclusive

February 26, 1779 at Horseneck Landing, Connecticut

On February 25, Gov. William Tryon, with a group of 600 light infantry, left the area of Kings Bridge on a raiding mission to Horseneck landing. A 30-man American patrol made contact with Tryon's force at New Rochelle.

On February 26, the American patrol withdrew to the settlement at Horseneck Landing, located at West Greenwich. There, Maj. Gen. Israel Putnam attempted to make a stand with a couple of cannon and 150 militia. The British attacked the Americans and drove them off. Tryon's raiders destroyed the salt works, 3 small wooden ships, a store, and then plundered the settlement. They carried off about 200 head of cattle and horses.
Conclusion: British Victory. Casualties: American: unknown; British: 2w, 20c

March of 1779

March ??, 1779 at Fort Morgan, Georgia

In March, Maj. Henry Sharp and his Georgia Light Dragoons were able to capture Fort Morgan. The fort was a Patriot outpost on the Ogeechee River.
Conclusion: British Victory

March ??, 1779 at South Carolina coast, South Carolina

Capt. Craig, with his Philadelphia privateer Addison, operated along the South Carolina coast and captured several ships in March.

The first, a sloop named Phoenix, was bound from New York to St. Augustine. Capt. Craig sent the captain, six sailors, a sergeant, 13 Hessian soldiers, two women, and some horses to the "Isle of Thera," then he burned the Phoenix after plundering it. He next seized the brigantine Lettice, an American merchant vessel that had fallen to the British earlier. Then, he captured the brigantine William and burned it. Next was the St. Augustine privateer Shirk, which he carried into Charlestown.

On her return trip to home, the Addison encountered the New York privateer Bishop, which was escorting its prize, the Freemason. After a tense fight, Capt. Craig recaptured the Freemason, loaded with pork and corn, and escorted it into Philadelphia.
Conclusion: American Victory

March ??, 1779 at Haw Fields, North Carolina

In early March, many Loyalists in North Carolina began gathering at the Haw Fields, in what is today Alamance County. They were planning to march to Georgia and join the British army there. The Patriot Militia company, under Capt. Henry Connelly, dispersed them quite handily.
Conclusion: American Victory

March 6, 1779 at Georgetown, South Carolina

Local Patriot Militia captured a landing party from a British privateer who had entered the town in a effort to cut free and sail off with several ships moored within the harbor. Once again, Capt. Paul Trapier of the Georgetown Artillery Company captured, this time, a lieutenant and seven sailors from the privateer.
Conclusion: American Victory

March 18, 1779 at Bull's Inlet, South Carolina

Two British ships, a schooner with 10 guns and a sloop with 8 guns, caught Capt. Howland coming out of Bull's Inlet and chased the American ship back into the inlet. The British sent in two boats, commanded by a lieutenant with 16 sailors, to seize Capt. Howland's ship, which had 13 men with only four muskets and four swivel guns.

When the British boats came alongside, Capt. Howland's men managed to fire one volley before the enemy poured over the side of his ship. It was a fierce fight, with Howland and another man severely wounded and one crewman killed. The British had their lieutenant, a boatswain, and a carpenter killed, with four men wounded.

The Patriot prisoners were stripped of their clothes and shoes and put ashore. Capt. Howland was unable to leave and remained a prisoner of the enemy, which also seized the sloop's cargo of 25 hogsheads of tobacco.
Conclusion: British Victory

March 20, 1779 at Abercorn Creek, Georgia

On March 20, the armed sloop HMS Greenwich and a British galley was sighted a little above Abercorn Creek, near Purysburgh. The South Carolina galleys Congress and Lee, and a sloop, were sent from Purysburgh to investigate the sighting of the British ships. The South Carolina galleys left after midnight, under the command of Capt. Robert Campbell.

The British saw the Patriots coming and reinforced themselves with an armed flatboat, and had erected a battery on the south side of the Savannah River. At 10:00 A.M., the naval battle begand and lasted for 3 hours, until 1:00 P.M. After Campbell was killed, the Patriots decided to abandon the attack against the British.
Conclusion: British Victory

March 21, 1779 at Beech Island, Georgia

On March 21, at 8:00 P.M., the 200 Loyalist Militia, commanded by Maj. John Spurgin, attacked the Patriot camp at "the Crossroads." All but 60 out of 200 men of the Patriots fled the scene. The remainder managed to drive the Loyalists back to the Burke County Jail.
Conclusion: American Victory. Casualties: American: 3w; British: 20k, 7w

March 22, 1779 at Rocky Comfort Creek, Georgia

On March 22, Col. LeRoy Hammond and some 500 militia ran into 50 Creek Indians at Rocky Comfort Creek. The militia attacked the Creeks and drove them away. Hammond returned to camp with the scalps of the Indian dead.
Conclusion: American Victory. Casualties: American: 3w; British: 12k, 6c

April of 1779

April 21, 1779 at Onondaga Castle, New York

On April 21, a 550-man Patriot force, commanded by Col. Gose van Schaick, conducted a surprise raid on the Onondago Castle. The Onondaga capital was burnt. Later, Continental troops rested after attacking and destroying Onondaga Castle, home of the Onondaga Indians. In the expedition approved by George Washington, Van Schaick destroyed 50 houses, killed 20 warriors, took 37 prisoners, and captured 100 guns. However, most of the Indians escaped into the woods.
Conclusion: American Victory

April 22, 1779 at Black Swamp, South Carolina

A party of 30 Loyalists, disguised as Indians, attacked and captured a six-man guard post belonging to the 6th SC Regiment without firing a single shoot. The Loyalists then burned the guard buildings and fled the area.

Afterwards, this post at Black Swamp was reinforced with one hunded men of the SC 5th Regiment under Col. John Stewart. When Brigadier General Augustine Prevost landed 300 men nearby on April 28, Col. Stewart abandoned the post.
Conclusion: British Victory

April 29, 1779 at Purrysburg, South Carolina

Purrysburg was the first headquarters of the Southern Continental Army within South Carolina under Major General Benjamin Lincoln.

On April 29, British Brigadier General Augustine Prevost of Savannah, Georgia crossed the Savannah River to begin his march towards Charlestown, in hopes of capturing it. A brief skirmish occurred between Lincoln's Continentals and Prevost's Loyalists near Purrysburg.
Conclusion: Inconclusive

May of 1779

May 4, 1779 at Coosawhatchie River, South Carolina

On May 3, Lt. Col. John Laurens and 250 men were in position on a slight rise near the bridge at Coosawhatchie. They were guarding the road against the expected assault by about 2400 British soldiers from Savannah.

On May 4, Lt. Col. John Laurens and a 150-man detachment of the North Carolina Light Infantry on a mission to bring back the Patriot rear guard before the British cut them off. When they encountered the British, Laurens choose a bad position for his troops. The British fired long-range artillery at the Patriots, who were powerless to do anything. Laurens were shot in the arm and his horse was killed by artillery fragments.

As Laurens was sent back for medical attention, he told Capt. Richard Shubrick to maintaintheir position. Once Laurens left though, Shubrick ordered the Patriots to withdraw. With many of the soldiers and Laurens himself wounded, they fell back to the Tullifinny River, about two miles east. He knew that if they had stayed, the entire detachment would have been captured.
Conclusion: British Victory

May 4, 1779 at Tullifinny Hill, South Carolina

Maj. Gen. Benjamin Lincoln sent 1,000 men to Brig. Gen. William Moultrie at Black Swamp to delay British Brig. Gen. Augustine Prevost from crossing the Savannah River. As soon as Prevost crossed the river with 2,000 troops, Moultrie abandoned Black Swamp, leaving only 100 men of the 5th SC Regiment to delay the British. Moultrie requested artillery from Governor John Rutledge, but none arrived. Neither Lincoln nor Rutledge thought that Prevost would make an attempt to capture Charlestown.

At the Coosawhatchie River, the remainder of the 5th SC Regiment rendezvoused with Moultrie. He decided to make a stand at Tullifinny Hill, a small hill overlooking the Coosawhatchie River, that he considered being more defendable. Moultrie had guards at all possible crossing points, and placed 100 men at the primary crossing point. He requested an additional 100 cavalrymen from Governor Rutledge, but they did not arrive.

Lincoln did send 250 hand-picked men under the command of Lt. Col. John Laurens. These men were mostly North Carolinian Continental Troops, known as the North Carolina Light Infantry.

On May 3, Moultrie sent Lt. Col. Laurens’ Light Infantry, and 150 hand-picked men of various Militia companies, to bring back the rear guard before it was cut off. Laurens was supposed to escort the rear guard back to Tullifinny Hill. Laurens did not withdraw the rear guard, but instead formed his 400 men and the rear guard for battle on the west bank of the Coosawhatchie River - now known as the battle of Coosawhatchie, where he was badly wounded.

When the wounded Laurens returned to Moultrie's position on Tullifinny Hill, he told the general that the Patriots could not adequately defend their position based upon Prevost's strength. Moultrie suppressed his anger and ordered the bridge over the Tullifinny River destroyed. He retreated with his demoralized army towards Charlestown, burning bridges as he went.
Conclusion: British Victory

May 6, 1779 at Colleton County, South Carolina

Major Pierce Butler, with a small cavalry detail, drove 130 horses to Brig. Gen. William Moultrie's army, delivering them at Red Hill just before the skirmish at Coosawhatchie on May 3. After forcing a crossing at Coosawhatchie, British Brig. Gen. Augustine Prevost continued his march towards Charlestown. He split his forces into two groups at Saltketcher's Bridge - the main force was sent northeastward by road, the other group crossed the Combahee River at the Combahee Ferry on a road roughly parallel to his main army. This second group soon turned northward to rejoin Prevost at Fishpond Bridge.

Butler was on his return to Charlestown when he came upon a small British foraging party. A sharp skirmish ensued, but casualties are currently not known.
Conclusion: Inconclusive

May 7, 1779 at Fishpond Bridge, South Carolina

After British Lt. Col. John Maitland repaired the Saltketcher Bridge, he marched 13 miles to the Fishpond Bridge, which had also been burned. Lt. Col. Maitland repaired that bridge, and then halted two miles away. Major Skelly was with Lt. Col. Maitland's force, and he later wrote: "A party of Rebel horse fired at some of our Scouts, wounded an Indian and two others, and then rode off."

That night Brig. Gen. Augustine Prevost and his army crossed the Combahee Ferry and joined Maitland’s force. The whole army then marched to the Horseshoe Bridge, which had also been destroyed by Brig. Gen. William Moultrie’s force. On May 8, Prevost marched his army to Parker’s Ferry.
Conclusion: Inconclusive

May 9-11, 1779 at Hampton Roads, Virginia

On May 9-11, a British expedition, commanded by Adm. Sir John Collier, conducted a raid in the Hampton Roads area. The raid was devastating effect by capturing or destroying large quanitites of American ships and supplies. An estimate of 2 million sterling was the total loss of property. The British raid did not cost them a single loss of life.
Conclusion: British Victory

May 9, 1779 at Portsmouth, Virginia

Commodore George Collier and Gen. Edward Matthews storm Fort Nelson at Portsmouth with 1,800 men and disperse 100 American defenders, under Maj. Thomas Matthews.
Conclusion: British Victory

May 9, 1779 at Norfolk, Virginia

Commodore George Collier and Gen. Edward Matthews, with 1,800 men with them, march unopposed to Gosport and Norfolk. The towns are plundered and torched.
Conclusion: British Victory

May 10, 1779 at Fort Lyttleton, South Carolina

Brigadier General Kasimir (aka Casimir) Pulaski vs. British Major James Moncrief. On the approach of British ships, the Americans burned the fort and retreated.
Conclusion: British Victory

May 14, 1779 at South Carolina coast, South Carolina

Capt. Farrow and his schooner Tomlinson was captured by Loyalist Capt. Goodrich and ordered to go to New York. Two privateers from Charlestown came upon Capt. Farrow and recaptured him, now releasing him from his word of honor to go to New York, so they all went back to Charlestown.

On the return, the two privateers (Capt. Taylor and Capt. Samuel Spencer) captured the brig Liberty, commanded by Capt. Ramsey, bound to New York from St. Augustine with hides and molasses, and brought her back to Charlestown.
Conclusion: American Victory

May 16, 1779 at South Carolina coast, South Carolina

Two Continental frigates, the Boston and the Confederacy, were operating off the South Carolina coast during May.

On May 16, they captured the Patsey, commanded by Capt. Papley and escorted her into Charlestown Harbor. The Patsey was bound from St. Christophers to New York with a load of rum.

On May 17, the Continentals captured the sloop William out of Tortola, commanded by Capt. Ashburn. It too was bound for New York with a load of rum.
Conclusion: American Victory

May 20, 1779 at Stono River, South Carolina

On May 20, some British troops surprised 2 companies of South Carolina militia. The militia were garrisoning the Stono River plantation of Capt. Mathews.
Conclusion: British Victory

May 23, 1779 at Stono Ferry, South Carolina

On May 23, the British had established their defenses at Stono Ferry, located on the Stono River. The British troops were camped on one side and the Hessians were camped on the other side. A British galley was anchored in the river to provide covering fire for the Hessians. The Patriots attacked the Hessian camp and immediately came under fire from the galley. The Patriots opened fire on the ship and forced it to withdraw from the fight.
Being on the high ground, the Patriots overshot the Hessians when they opened fire on them. The British had gathered all the boats they could, and crossed over the river to reinforce the Hessians. The British troops charged after the Patriots. Unknown to the British, the South Carolina Navy schooner Rattlesnake had come down the river. It began to fire into the rear of the British and Hessain forces. They both turned from the Patriot force and fired upon the Rattlesnake. The Rattlesnake fired back at them, and repulsed the attack with heavy losses.
Conclusion: American Victory. Casualties: American: 40k&w; British: 6k, 38w

June of 1779

June 1, 1779 at Stony Point, New York

On June 1, a British force moved up the Hudson River and captured the Patriot fort at Stony Point.
Conclusion: British Victory

June 1, 1779 at Verplanck's Point, New York

On June 1, a British force moved up the Hudson River towards the Patriot fort, Fort Lafayette. The fort was located at Verplanck's Point. After their quick victory at the Battle of Stony Point (First), the took little time to capture Fort Lafayette, also.
Conclusion: British Victory

June 1, 1779 at 13-Mile House, South Carolina

Upon receiving news that Maj. Gen. Benjamin Lincoln was catching up with his force, Brig. Gen. Augustine Prevost retreated to John's Island. He had his men to collect all the boats in the area and attempt to build a floating bridge across the Stono Inlet to John's Island. The bridge did not materialize, so he was forced to ferry them across by boats.

A "no man's land" was created between the two opposing forces at Stono River. Patrols were sent out day and night to ascertain what the other side was doing.

On May 31, Brig. Gen. Kasimir (aka Casimir) Pulaski and his cavalry were sent to reconnoiter the 13-Mile House area, and if possible, to drive away any British found there. With Pulaski were Brig. Gen. Isaac Huger and 1,000 infantry. Huger placed the infantry and the South Carolina Militia on the right side of the line, Brig. Gen. John Butler and the North Carolina Militia on the left side of the line, and the SC 1st Regiment and SC 6th Regiment, with four field pieces in the center of the line. The remainder of Lincoln's army was a mile to the rear in reserve.

Pulaski's cavalry came under fire and two officers were wounded. He pulled back to the trees and was ready to give the order to attack, when he received word that reinforcements had arrived in the British lines. He estimated that the British defenses were now too strong for an attack, so he ordered his army to withdraw.
Conclusion: British Victory

June 6, 1779 at Charlestown, South Carolina

Col. Andrew Pickens and his Upper Ninety-Six District Regiment of Militia were in the area foraging for rice south of Charlestown when he intercepted a party of 40 Loyalist militia. Col. Pickens captured 8 men and 40 horses. The leader of the Loyalists was a Florida lieutenant who was wounded in the arm in the brief skirmish.
Conclusion: American Victory

June 20, 1779 at Charleston County, South Carolina

During the Battle of Stono Ferry, unknown to the British, the South Carolina Navy schooner Rattlesnake had come down the Stono River. It began to fire into the rear of the British and Hessain forces. They both turned from the Patriot land forces and fired upon the Rattlesnake. The Rattlesnake fired back at them, and repulsed the attack with heavy losses. The British forces lost their leader, Capt. William Wulff, and six Hessians killed. Major Johann Endemann and 37 others were wounded.

Eventually, British troops tried to take possession of the Rattlesnake in the Stono River. The attacked proved unsuccessful, but the ship's commander, Capt. Paul Frisbie (Frisby), fearing another such attack set the ship on fire and led his crew overland to Charlestown, not losing a man.
Conclusion: American Victory

June 21, 1779 at Santee River, South Carolina

Two British privateers entered the river with the intention of raiding the Patriot homes along the river. Local Patriot militiamen captured one of the privateers, killing its captain, and chased the other from the area. The crew of 10 men and the lieutenants of both ships were captured along with 16 slaves that had been stolen from nearby plantations. The other privateer escaped.
Conclusion: American Victory

June 22, 1779 at Stono River, South Carolina

Three Patriot galleys operating on the Stono River attacked and captured a British schooner that was loaded with plunder taken from local Patriot homes. The galleys then began to fire on British positions onshore. With the galleys were Col. Britigney and his Corps of Frenchmen, with the intent of making a landing if possible. The Patriot fleet sailed through the Wappoo Cut during the night but did not meet the enemy. They then passed by Gibbes's Plantation without being detected, but when they passed by Stanyarne's Plantation they were fired upon with field pieces and small arms for about 45 minutes. This is when Capt. James Pyne captured the British schooner.

Capt. Pyne was able to silence the batteries at Stanyarne's Plantation and he continued upriver to the next bluff, where another battery fired upon him. Capt. Pyne was able to silence that battery as well, but the sun was rising and the tide was going out, so he anchored his small fleet at Eveleigh's Plantation.

On June 22, when the sun rose, Capt. Pyne quickly realized that there were about 1,200 British troops at Eveleigh's Plantation, and there were cannons planted on the causeway leading to his small fleet. The galleys were safe where they lay, but to move in any direction would put them within a pistol shot of their enemy. Capt. Pyne decided to wait for sunset.

The British knew of their location and decided to sink a schooner in the river downstream to block their escape. When night fell, Capt. Pyne and his fleet headed downriver to escape the gauntlet surrounding him. The British had lined the riverbank with men and cannons, firing everything they had. The largest pieces were 9-pounders.

Capt. Pyne and his fleet were low on ammunition, so they limited their return fire. Capt. Boutard was in the trailing galley and his men received most of the enemy fire. Six men were killed and a number wounded, but all three galleys returned with their prize of the British schooner.
Conclusion: American Victory

June 26, 1779 at Stono River, South Carolina

On June 26, the brigs USS Notre Dame, USS Bellona, brigatine USS Beaufort, and 4 South Carolina Navy armed ships attacked 7 British ships that were bringing supplies to Gibb's Plantation. Of the British fleet, 2 ships were captured, 1 was blown up, and the remainder of them fled the area.
Conclusion: American Victory

June 27, 1779 in Liberty County, Georgia

On June 27, the combined Georgia forces, commanded by Col. Baker and Col. Twiggs of the Georgia Militia and a Company of Volunteer Horse, in an excursion towards Sunbury, came upon some of Lt. Col. Daniel McGirth and his Georgia Light Dragoons at Midway Meeting House. They attacked McGirth's men and made a few prisoner with most of the troops managing to escape. Col. Baker received intelligence that several Continental officers who were prisoners on parole were going from Savannah to Sunbury. Col. Baker overtook them at Mrs. Arthur's house.
Conclusion: American Victory

June 27, 1779 at Charleston County, South Carolina

A Patriot naval force under the command of Hall & Tryon captured seven small British vessels that had been operating in the Stono River. The British vessels had been bringing supplies to the British as well as ferrying them from island to island as they were falling back to Savannah. Besides the vessels, the British lost 60 men as well as the goods on board which included a number of slaves which had been taken from Patriot plantations along the river.

The withdrawal of the British forces after the battle at Stono Ferry was slow because they had taken so many stolen slaves and plunder from their march out of Charlestown to the coast. The British did not have enough ships to take them all the way back to Savannh, so they decided to use what they had to shuttle the troops from small island to small island down the coastline.
When they made it to Edisto Island, they fortified their positions and dug in to wait for more ships. Brig. Gen. William Moultrie ordered Capt. Hezekiah Anthony of the brigantine Polly and several other vessels to slow down the enemy if possible. At the same time, Maj. Gen. Benjamin Lincoln was attempting to bring in artillery to stop them at Edisto Island.

The SC Navy brigs Notre Dame, Bellona, Beaufort, and four other armed vessels attacked seven British ships bringing in supplies to Gibbes's Plantation. Two ships were captured and brought safely into Charlestown. One British ship was blown up and the remainder scattered.
Conclusion: Americana Victory

June 27, 1779 at Cape Hatteras, North Carolina

In June, a small fleet of privateers were harassing the shipping around the coast of North Carolina.

On June 26, one of the tenders of the privateer fleet chased a vessel belonging to Edenton over the Ocracoke Bar. The tender followed for several miles until it became too dark to follow. Col. Thomas Bonner of the Beaufort County Militia expected a raid by the privateers, and took a boat to Mattamuskeet.

The men at Mattamuskeet did not wait for Col. Bonner and his Militia, and they laid an ambush in the sand dunes north of Cape Hatteras. The privateer fleet, consisting of two brigs, one schooner, and one sloop, had spotted a herd of cattle grazing in the area - not knowing that the ambushers had placed the cattle at this location to lure the enemy on shore.

The privateers sent three boats to acquire the cattle and as soon as they got onshore the Mattamuskeet men rushed down from the sand dunes and killed five of them. The privateers fired upon the ambushers, and this allowed the remainder of the landing party to return to their boats and thereby to their ships. The Mattamuskeet men took the weapons off the dead and sold their belongings for $900.
Conclusion: American Victory

June 28, 1779 at Hickory Hill in Liberty County, Georgia

On June 28, a detachment of the 60th Royal American Regiment, commanded by Capt. Jacob Muller. Capt. Muller with fifty regulars came from Savannah mounted on horseback to surprise Col. Baker, he attacked the Patriot force, commanded by Col. John Twiggs, at the Butler Plantation.

At the time of the attack, Twiggs only had 35 men with him because the rest of the force was out foraging for food and fodder. The British were driven back behind a fence where they dismounted. Unable to stand the powerful Patriot firepower, Muller ordered his men to withdraw. In this ten minute engagement Capt. Muller was killed with 3 other soldiers and 11 troops wounded. None of the British detachment escaped.
Conclusion: American Victory

June 29, 1779 at Outer Banks, North Carolina (USS Impertinent vs. HMS Harlem)

On June 29, the Impertinent spotted the sloop HMS Harlem and gave chase. As the Impertinent was about to pull up along side the harlem, the captain and crew tried to escape by launching a boat. The boat was soon overturned, drowning all of the people in it.
Conclusion: American Victory

July of 1779

July ??, 1779 at Wilkes County, Georgia

In July, Col. Benjamin Few was sent into the backcountry of Georgia to protect the inhabitants from a possible Indian uprising. Col. Few ran into an 70-man Indian war party in Wilkes County. The Indians were soon defeated losing 7 killed, 2wounded and 2 captured.
Conclusion: American Victory

July ??, 1779 at Port Royal Island, South Carolina

By July 1, Brig. Gen. Augustine Prevost had only evacuated a small part of his forces to Beaufort and did not have enough men to occupy the town. Two hundred British troops constructed a crude defensive position on Edisto Island to thwart any attack of the retreating men.

Col. Daniel Horry (SC Light Dragoons) kept an eye on the enemy at Port Royal Island but he did not have enough men to attack either. By July 6th, the remainder of Brigadier General Prevost's army arrived in Beaufort. Most of the troops were kept on board ships in the harbor and the only men allowed to go ashore were to get water and firewood. They kept the ships well offshore after dark to avoid the possibility of snipers.

On July 7, the SC 1st Regiment under Col. Charles Cotesworth Pinckney was ordered to Port Royal Ferry to reinforce Col. Horry. Prevost's ships began shuttling troops to St. Helena Island. Maj. Gen. Benjamin Lincoln thought that there was still a chance that the British would attempt to take Beaufort or sail around and attack Fort Moultrie in Charlestown Harbor.

By July 17, only the 71st Regiment of Foot was left near Beaufort. The Hessians were located further down at Mile End, a narrow neck of land located at present-day Parris Island. In mid-July, Lt. Lewis Ogier of Col. Horry's Light Dragoons met a party of Loyalists driving 300 head of cattle to Prevost's army. Lt. Ogier attacked and drove them into the river, and captured most of the cattle.

Not long afterwards, a British sloop carrying 216 stolen slaves from Charlestown ran aground on Hunting Island, near Port Royal. Most of the supplies and guns from the sloop were taken ashore before the local Patriot Militia attacked. The sloop commander scattered the slaves and set the boat on fire.
Conclusion: American Victory

July 2, 1779 at Poundridge, New York

Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton, along with 360 British troops, was given a mission with two parts. His first part was to capture Maj. Ebenezer Lockwood. Loockwood was an active patriot that was assisting the local American troops. The second part of Tarleton's mission was to defeat Col. Elisha Sheldon's and his 90-man 2nd Continental Dragoons. The dragoons had been supporting militia in Westchester County. Both Lockwood and Sheldon were located at Poundridge, some 20 miles northeast of White Plains.

On July 2, Lockwood was warned that Tarleton was approaching and he managed to escape. Sheldon was pushed back 2 miles from Poundridge before the local militia gathered for his support. After the miltia joined Sheldon, Tarleton had to withdraw. The British managed to burn the town church, several buildings, and took Sheldon's regimental colors. The British raid was deemed a failure.
Conclusion: American Victory. Casualties: American: 10w, 8c; British: 1k, 1w

July 5, 1779 at New Haven, Connecticut

In July, Maj. Gen. Sir Henry Clinton decided that he was fed up with the activities of Connecticut in Long Island Sound, where the Americans had continually harassed and ambushed his supply boats and raided across to Long Island.

On July 5, he landed British detachments on either side of New Haven, and marched on the town. The local militia came out, and a body of students from Yale contested the British advance, but the locals were not in sufficient strength to offer more than nuisance resistance.
The town was plundered and several prisoners were carried off.
Conclusion: British Victory

July 8, 1779 at Fairfield, Connecticut

On July 8, during the Coinnecticut Coast Raid, the town of Fairfied was occupied by the British. They then decided to destroy the town and proceeded to do so by setting fire to all of the buildings. The british managed to burn down the entire town.
Conclusion: British Victory

July 8, 1779 at Green Farms, Connecticut

On July 8, after the British victory at the Battle of Fairfield, the same British raiding force arrived at the village of Green Farms. They proceeded to loot and burn the village.
Conclusion: British Victory

July 11, 1779 at Norwalk, Connecticut

On July 11, the British raiding force that had been destroying villages along the coast of Connecticut, next headed toward the village of Norwalk. Once they arrived, the British plundered and burned the village. Norwalk suffered the worst of all villages that had been hit.
Conclusion: British Victory

July 18, 1779 at Newfoundland

Information coming soon
Conclusion: American Victory

July 22, 1779 at Port Jervis, New York

Chief Joseph Brant and his Indian raiders attack an American militia force of 151 men, under Col. John Hawthorne and Lt. Col. Bejamin Tusten, at Port Jervis. The Indians proceed to massacre the militia, with only 30 men surviving.
Conclusion: British Victory

July 23, 1779 at Hunting Island, South Carolina

A British sloop had run aground and was in the process of off loading its cargo when it came under attack by local Patriot Militia. The ship was burned and the cargo along with over 200 slaves which had been taken from plantations near Charlestown were captured by the Patriots.
Conclusion: American Victory

July 23, 1779 at Savannah River, South Carolina

Sergeant William Jasper (SC 2nd Regiment) and a detachment of Georgia Continentals went up the Savannah River hoping to surprise a British picket post. The Continentals captured 7 Loyalists from Georgia on a patrol, and recovered 12 stolen slaves. They sent the prisoners to Charlestown.
Conclusion: American Victory

August of 1779

August 5, 1779 in Morrisania (Bronx), New York

This engagement is between Lieutenant Colonel James De Lancey's Loyalists and the Connecticut Brigade commanded by William Hull. The patriots destroy numerous buildings and food stores while also capturing several Loyalists, along with some horses and cattle. First-hand accounts give conflicting figures as to the number of casualties incurred by each side.
Conclusion: American Victory

August 11-September 14, 1779 in Allegheny River, Indian Territory

Colonel Daniel Brodhead, in conjunction with Major General John Sullivan, who commences an expedition in New York, launches an ambitious assault through the Allegheny Valley. Brodhead leaves Pittsburgh at the head of 600 men and destroys 10 Indian villages and returns with much booty encountering only minimal resistance.
Conclusion: American Victory

August 14, 1779 at Lockhart's Plantation, Georgia

On August 14, Lt. Col. Daniel McGirth and his 25 Loyalist militia ran into a Patriot patrol at the Lockhart Plantation. The Patriot patrol consisted of Col. John Twiggs and his militia and Maj. John Jameson and his 1st Continental Light Dragoons totaling over 150 men. McGirth and some of the Loyalists were able to escape by moving down a nearby creek. In addition to the prisoners, Twiggs captured 23 horses and 15 stands of arms.
Conclusion: American Victory. Casualties: American: 1w; British: 5k, 6w, 6c

August 30, 1779 at Ash's Point, South Carolina

Patriot militia troops surprised a British picket post killing several and driving off the remainder.
Conclusion: American Victory

September of 1779

September 5, 1779 at Lloyd's Neck, New York

Maj. Benjamin Tallmadge and 150 dismounted dragoons departed from Shippan Point, located near Stamford, Connecticut, and headed south.On September 5, the American force arrived at Lloyd's Neck and made a surprise attack on 550 Tories that were there. After the attack, he returned home with most of the Tory force as prisoners (350).
Conclusion: American Victory

September 6, 1779 at Savannah, Georgia

On September 6, the sloop HMS Polly was captured by the French ship-of-the-line Magnifique, commanded by Brigadier de Brach. A prize crew sailed the ship up the Georgia coast, not knowing where they were.

Once the ship was anchored at the mouth of the Savannah River, the local British forces was able to recapture the Polly.
Conclusion: American Victory

September 7, 1779 at Manchac, Louisiana

The British outpost of Fort Bute (Manchac) falls to Spanish forces under Don Bernardo de Galvez. He now controls the water route down the Amite River and Lakes Maurepas, Ponchatrain, and Borgne directly to the Gulf of Mexico. The Don next proceeds to Baton Rouge.
Conclusion: American Victory

September 10, 1779 at Canadaigua, New York

Gen. John Sullivan's expedition reaches the major Iroquois settlement at Canandaigua. They proceed to destroy the entire settlement. The destruction lasts for two days.
Conclusion: American Victory

September 11, 1779 at Charlestown Bar, State (l'Amazone vs. HMS Ariel)

On September 11, the frigate HMS Ariel was captured by the French frigate l'Amazone, commanded by Lt. Count de La Perouse. The naval battle lasted for about an hour.
Conclusion: French Victory

September 13, 1779 near Genesee, New York

Native American village of Genesee, New York, on 13 September 1779. The Native Americans killed 22 of the Patriot party and captured two men, who were tortured to death. Following this engagement, Sullivan's main body of troops burned Genesee.
Conclusion: British Victory

September 14, 1779 at Genesee, New York

Little Beard's Town, also known as Chenussio (in Seneca) and "Genesee Castle", was a powerful Seneca town in the Genesee River Valley near modern Leicester in Livingston County, New York, where Cuylerville stands today. It was named after its founder, Little Beard, a prominent Seneca sachem in the late 18th century. It had about 130 houses, fruit orchards, fields of corn and a large council building, built around a central square. The town was famous for its beautiful surroundings and the productivity of its vegetable gardens. It was located near three other Seneca towns, all of which were destroyed during the Sullivan Expedition in the Revolutionary War.

The Seneca and three other Iroquois nations fought on the British side during the American Revolutionary War. Little Beard and his warriors participated in the Cherry Valley massacre and the Boyd and Parker ambush. In retaliation, troops of the Continental Army under Maj. Gen. John Sullivan attacked Little Beard's Town and other Iroquois settlements in the Genesee and Mohawk valleys, destroying buildings and crops. The residents had to flee. Cuylerville was later built on the site by European-American settlers.
Conclusion: American Victory

September 16, 1779 at Ogeechee Ferry, Georgia

On September 16, Count Kazimierz Pulaski and his Legion caught up with Lt. Col. Daniel McGirth and his Loyalist militia at Ogeechee Ferry. Pulaski's Patriots captured 50 Loyalists, some livestock, and some slaves.
Conclusion: American Victory

September 16, 1779 at Savannah, Georgia

Information coming soon
Conclusion: British Victory

September 23, 1779 at Flamborough Head, England (USS Bonhomme Richard vs. HMS Serapis)

On September 23, they encountered the Baltic Fleet of 41 sail under convoy of HMS Serapis (44) and Countess of Scarborough (22) near Flamborough Head.

After 18:00 USS Bonhomme Richard engaged Serapis and a bitter engagement, the Battle of Flamborough Head, ensued during the next four hours that cost the lives of nearly half the American and British crews.

At first, a British victory seemed inevitable as the more heavily armed Serapis used its superior firepower to rake Bonhomme Richard with devastating effect, killing Americans by the score. However, Jones eventually succeeded in lashing the two ships together, nullifying his opponent's greater maneuverability.

An attempt by the Americans to board Serapis was repulsed, as was an attempt by the British to board Bonhomme Richard. Finally, after another of Jones's squadron joined in the fight (uncaringly causing serious collateral damage aboard the Richard) the British captain surrendered at about 10.30pm.

Bonhomme Richard
, shattered, on fire, and leaking badly defied all efforts to save her and sank at 11:00 on September 25. John Paul Jones sailed the captured Serapis to the United Provinces for repairs.
Conclusion: American Victory

September 24, 1779 at Hilton Head, South Carolina

The Man of War HMS Experiment, commanded by Capt. Sir James Wallace, lost its masts and bowspirit in a gale and became stranded. In the same area, the French frigate Lively learned that the British ships had separated from the Experiment during the storm. Three French ships were dispatched to find the Experiment.

On September 24, the Experiment was near Hilton Head where she met up with the store ship HMS Cartel Champion and a victualer HMS Myrtle. At 3:45 P.M., the Experiment spotted the 3 French ships and tried to put as much distance between them.

At 4:30 P.M., 2 more French ships were spotted by the Experiment. At 8:00 P.M., the 2 ships hoisted French colors and closed with the Experiment. The French ship Sagittair, commanded by Capt. d'Albert de Rions, fired two broadsides at the Experiment. The Experiment managed to put some distance between the ships.

At 8:30 P.M., Wallace decided to fight back and re-entered the combat area. After firing a few shots at the French, the mast of the Experiment was shot off. This forced the Experiment to surrender.
Conclusion: American Victory

September 24, 1779 at Savannah, Georgia

British forces defending Savannah launch a determined sortie against French siege positions. The British lost 4 killed and 15 wounded but inflicted at least 70 French casualties.
Conclusion: British Victory

October of 1779

October 1, 1779 at Savage Point, Georgia

On October 1, during the night, a Georgia Continental force, commanded by Col. John White, prevented a 111-man detachment of British troops, commanded by Lt. James French, from reaching Savannah. White led a small patrol and spotted the Loyalist camp at Savage Station. White ordered his men to light many fires around the Loyalist camp, making it seem that a large force surrounded them. White's men then rode around the camp, shouting orders to fictitious units. The trick worked, and White demanded the surrender of the Loyalist camp. French surrendered his 111-man detachment and were quickly taken prisoners.
Conclusion: American Victory

October 11, 1779 at Newport, Rhode Island

Gen. Henry Clinton orders Newport abandoned and the 3,000 man garrison withdraws to support operations in the South.
Conclusion: American Victory

October 17, 1779 at Somerset Court House, New Jersey

On October 17, Lt. Col. John G. Simcoe and his British force conducted a raid at Somerset Court House. Their successful raid against a small American force resulted in some captured goods. As the British withdrew from the town, the Americans managed to capture Simcoe.
Conclusion: British Victory

October 26, 1779 at Georgoa coast, Georgia (Betsy Captured)

On October 26, the frigate HMS Guadeloupe and the HMS Roebuck captured the privateer Betsy.
Conclusion: American Victory

October 26, 1779 at South River Bridge, New Jersey

Lt. Col. John Graves Simcoe is captured in an American ambush at South River Bridge. The Americans lose one killed and three wounded, while the Queen's Rangers sustain three killed and six captured.
Conclusion: American Victory

November of 1779

November 7, 1779 at Jefferd's Neck, New York

The Pulaski Legion, under Col. Charles-Armand, captures a small Loyalist detachment, under Maj. Mansfield Bearmore, at Jefferd's Neck.
Conclusion: American Victory

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