The American Revolution in South Carolina

Bloody Savannah

July 1781


Patriot Cdr:

Major John Singleton
Loyalist Cdr:

Unknown
Killed:

Unknown
Killed:

10
Wounded:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Captured:

0
Captured:

Unknown
Old District: 

Camden District
Present County:

Sumter County

Skirmish, Major John Singleton (?) vs. unnamed Loyalists


Lyman C. Draper wrote of a skirmish conducted by a Major John Singleton of Sumter’s Patriots.

Singleton... "with a small squad of Sumter’s men…attacked a party of marauding Tories, eleven in number, at Bloody Savannah, ten miles distant" from the present-day town of Sumter. Singleton "killed ten of the Loyalist gentlemen, one of them making his escape by hiding behind a pile of rails."


To date, this Author has found no other reference to a Major John Singleton. Doesn't mean he didn't exist, just that there have not been any other mentions of him in the thousands of sources available.

This Author has found a Capt. John Singleton from the Camden District who served from 1776 to 1782 in various Militia units, including under Col. Daniel Horry and Col. Richard Richardson, Jr. There is no reference to him being promoted to Major or ever serving under Brigadier General Thomas Sumter.



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