The American Revolution in South Carolina

Amelia Township

June 1, 1782


Patriot Cdr:

Unknown
Loyalist Cdr:

Capt. Sharp
Killed:

4
Killed:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Captured:

Unknown
Captured:

Unknown
Old District: 

Orangeburgh District
Present County:

Calhoun County

aka Sharp's Skirmish.


Skirmish, unnamed Patriot Militia vs. Loyalist Capt. Sharp.
This skirmish was located on the Congaree River in Calhoun County in the vicinity of Tom's & Griffin's Creeks. Patriots were on the way from the Congarees (Saxe-Gotha) to Major General Nathanael Greene, when attacked by a Capt. Sharp. This skirmish was in Amelia Township. Capt. Sharp attacked, killed four, and dispersed the rest.

"Cedar Creek cuts across the lower part of the county and flows into the Congaree River after joining Tom's Creek [Both in Richland County]. Obviously, Cedar Creek got its name from the cedar trees along its banks."

Tararara Branch, below Mill Creek, was on the property of Patriot Col. Wade Hampton. Other early names were: Pole Bridge Creek, Rives Creek, Griffins Creek, and Little Creek; Dry Branch, Piney Branch, and Horse Pen Branch.

It is said that Mrs. Sarah Thomas Hopkins raised horses on the latter branch (Horse Pen Branch) for Brigadier General Thomas Sumter's and Brigadier General Francis Marion's armies and from this it got its name.

Soon after the Revolutionary War, Col. Wade Hampton (1752-1835) came to live in Richland County and purchased many thousands of acres of land. Much of his property, extending from Gill's Creek in the Garner's Ferry Road area to the swamplands of the Congaree River, was obtained through the South Carolina Land Act of 1785. With Colonel Thomas Taylor and Timothy Rives he bought a tract of 18,500 acres at ten cents an acre, Colonel Taylor retained a portion of the upper part of the tract and Colonel Hampton became owner of the balance.



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