The American Revolution in South Carolina

Brier Creek Massacre

January 1781


Patriot Cdr:

None
British Cdr:

Col. Daniel McGirth (GA)
Killed:

17
Killed:

0
Wounded:

1
Wounded:

0
Captured:

0
Captured:

0
Old District: 

Orangeburgh District
Present County:

Allendale County

In January of 1781, Col. Daniel McGirth and his Georgia Loyalists crossed the Savannah River and rode down the South Carolina side. He had vowed to kill everyone who had not sworn allegiance to the king. At Brier Creek Settlement, he kept his word.

Seventeen citizens were murdered, among those was Henry Moore, the father of Tarleton Brown. The settlement was burned to the ground. The wife and daughters of Henry Moore ran into the woods to flee the destruction. McGirth's men tried to kill John Cave and left him for dead, but he recovered to tell the story.

Because of this atrocity, Capt. James McKay and Col. William Harden called out their militia and began looking for any signs of Loyalist raiders.



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