28 - Tidyman’s Plantation
25 February 1782
Crossing Wambaw Bridge, the Patriots gathered at Tidyman’s Plantation. As Col. Thompson approached Wambaw Bridge from the north, both sides startled to see the other, Thompson quickly recovered, swung his cavalry into a field and formed for battle. Brig. Gen. Marion ordered Capt. Smith to charge. As Capt. Smith bore down on the enemy he was seized by panic and dashed into the woods, throwing the entire attack into disorder. The British charged. Smith’s dragoons broke and fled, some attempting to swim across the Santee River. The British riflemen killed twenty and captured another twelve Patriots and some horses.