Further north, a group of merchant ships carrying rice was attacked by British warships on March 2, 1776, and their cargoes of rice were seized. Georgians reacted quickly. About 600 Georgian militia, joined by about 500 Whigs from South Carolina, set the ship Inverness ablaze and cut it loose. The fire ship drifted into the British brig Nelly. These two ships drifted downstream, setting three more ships on fire. The British squadron was forced to retire.
Patriot Colonel Lachlan McIntosh was present, but it is unknown if he commanded the Patriot forces.