In January 1779, British Major William Gardner was ordered to make a naval landing and march infantry companies to occupy Port Royal Island. Learning of the British advance, Patriot General Benjamin Lincoln dispatched Brigadier General William Moultrie to meet this British Threat. The battle is significant for a number of reasons. If the British were successful in capturing Port Royal, they would have controlled the largest natural deep-water harbor south of New York. Secondly, both Thomas Heyward, Jr. and Edward Rutledge fought in the battle.
A map for the Battle of Port Royal (Kling) has been provided in Google Map format.