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Thomas Fenwick Drayton and Percival Drayton

Thomas Fenwick and Percival Drayton were brothers, who fought on opposite sides of the American Civil War. In fact they were fully aware of each other’s presence at the Battle of Hilton Head in 1862. Thomas was defending the island with a small garrison against a Federal navy of overwhelming numbers of men. Percival was captain of the “Pocahontas”. Thomas’ plantation – Fish Haul – was just down the road from Fort Walker. So he had a personal stake in the battle – which was a foregone conclusion.

The Confederates had to retreat off the island – which meant that a great number of slaves who had either escaped or been released from the plantations needed to be housed. Eventually Mitchelville was built on one of the fields of the former Drayton property. The settlement lasted until the 1890s. Some of the former slaves enlisted in the United States Colored Troops – in particular, the 21st, which was composed of those from the Drayton place.

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