The American Revolution in South Carolina

Hammond's Store

December 29, 1780


Patriot Cdr:

Lt. Col. William Washington (VA)
Loyalist Cdr:

Lt. Col. Thomas Waters (GA)
Killed:

0
Killed:

~100
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

included in above
Captured:

0
Captured:

40
Old District: 

Ninety-Six District
Present County:

Laurens County

Brigadier General Daniel Morgan was camped on the Pacolet River and he received intelligence that Lt. Col. Thomas Waters had banded together the Loyalists at Fair Forest. These Loyalists were destroying the settlements of Patriot families between Ninety-Six and Winnsborough. Brigadier General Morgan dispatched Lt. Col. William Washington's dragoons and 200 mounted militia to attack the Loyalists.

On December 29, 1780, Lt. Col. William Washington engaged a Loyalist militia unit under Lt. Col. Thomas Waters (GA) at the battle of Hammond's Store near modern Clinton, South Carolina. The Loyalist losses were about 100 men killed or injured beyond recovery. The Patriots took 40 prisoners and captured 50 horses, without the loss of a man.


Lt. Col. Washington (VA) caught up with Lt. Col. Thomas Waters (GA) after a forty-mile ride behind British lines. Major Thomas Young of the 2nd Spartan Regiment later wrote:

"When we came in sight we perceived that the Tories had formed in a line on the brow of the hill opposite to us. We had a long hill to descend and another to rise. Lt. Col. Washington and his dragoons gave a shout, drew swords, and charged down the hill like madmen. The Tories flew in every direction without firing a gun. We took great many prisoners and killed a few."

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

Lt. Col. William Washington - Commanding Officer

3rd Regiment of Continental Light Dragoons (VA) led by Lt. Col. William Washington and Major Richard Call, with 75 men in the following three (3) known companies, led by:
- Capt. William Barrett
- Capt. William Parsons
- Capt. James Simons

1st Regiment of Continental Light Dragoons (VA) detachment led by Capt. John Watts, with 10 men

Little River District Regiment of Militia detachment led by Col. Joseph Hayes, with three (3) known companies, led by:
- Capt. Robert Gillam, Jr.
- Capt. William Harris
- Capt. John Ridgeway, Sr.

2nd Spartan Regiment of Militia detachment led by Major Thomas Young, with one (1) known company, led by:
- Capt. Benjamin Jolly

Lower Ninety-Six District Regiment of Militia detachment led by Major Samuel Hammond, with one (1) known company, led by:
- Capt. Moses Liddell


Total Patriot Forces - approximately 285 men

Lt. Col. Thomas Waters - Commanding Officer

Savannah Militia (GA) led by Lt. Col. Thomas Waters with approximately 250 men

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