The American Revolution in South Carolina

Brandon's Camp

July 12, 1780


Patriot Cdr:

Col. Thomas Brandon
Loyalist Cdr:

Capt. William Cunningham
Killed:

5
Killed:

0
Wounded:

Unknown
Wounded:

0
Captured:

0
Captured:

0
Old District: 

Ninety-Six District
Present County:

Union County

One source asserts that this engagement happened on June 8, 1780, while another claims it occurred on June 10, 1780. Also known as "Brandon's Defeat."


Patriot Militia being recruited by Col. Thomas Brandon were attacked and dispersed by Loyalist militia.
Col. Thomas Brandon, commander of the 2nd Spartan Regiment of Militia, established his camp near Fair Forest Creek to use it as a place to recruit new militiamen, as a place to launch patrols to keep the Loyalists in check, and as a place to keep Loyalist prisoners. One night, a prisoner, Adam Steedham, escaped and made his way to Capt. William Cunningham, a noted Loyalist.

Col. Brandon had about ten or twelve men in camp making breakfast that morning when Capt. Cunningham and his Loyalist cavalry rushed in, completely routing them. Col. Brandon had situated his men beside a deep ravine, and many were able to get away by jumping into it, and Capt. Cunningham's horses could not jump it. Five of Col. Brandon's men were killed.



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