The American Revolution in South Carolina

Brown's Mill

April 17, 1781


Patriot Cdr:

Capt. Malachi Murphy, Jr.
Loyalist Cdr:

Major Micajah Gainey
Killed:

Unknown
Killed:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Captured:

Unknown
Captured:

Unknown
Old District: 

Cheraws District
Present County:

Marlboro County

aka Muddy Creek. One source asserts this engagement happened on April 28th.


Skirmish, Patriot Capt. Malachi Murphy vs. Loyalists Major Micajah Gainey and Capt. David Fanning.
The Brownsville community had itself been the scene of another engagement; a skirmish had been fought at Brown's Mills between Capt. Malachi Murphy's company of Patriots and a party of Loyalists led by Major Micajah Gainey and Capt. David Fanning.

Brown's Mill was probably in the general vicinity of the church. The name of Muddy Creek has today been changed to Rogers Creek.


Another slightly different description of the events:

On their route back to Catfish Creek and Tart's Mill after killing Col. Abel Kolb (April 28th), Loyalist Capt. Joseph Jones and his Tories intended to surprise Capt. Malachi Murphy's Patriots at Brown's Mill on Muddy Creek. Brown's Mill was about a mile above the crossing at the old Rogers Mill.

Most of Capt. Murphy's men had left a few days before and only a handful were left at the mill. Those that remained were surprised and Capt. Joseph Dabbs, a noted Patriot, was killed. Ned Threwitts escaped with a bullet in his shoulder.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants
Upper Craven County Regiment of Militia detachment of one (1) known company, led by:
- Capt. Malachi Murphy, Jr.
Major Micajah Gainey, Capt. David Fanning (NC), with unknown number of Loyalists
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