The American Revolution in South Carolina

Bush River

May 21, 1781


Patriot Cdr:

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

Col. Young
Killed:

Unknown
Killed:

5
Wounded:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Captured:

0
Captured:

6
Old District: 

Ninety-Six District
Present County:

Newberry County

On May 20th, Major General Nathanael Greene camped on Bush River, arriving the next day at Ninety-Six. The next day, some of his light troops skirmished with some Loyalists as described by Kirkwood and Seymour below.

Kirkwood:

"21st. Was ordered with Lt. Col. Washington's Horse to Surprise a party of tories under command of Col. Young; Coming up to the place found it evacuated, the Horse left me, with expectation to Come up with them, when I moved on at Leisure. The Tories taking us for some of themselves come out of a Swamp in our rear; & being undeceived took one of my men prisoners; upon which a firing Commenced, but they being on horse back pushed off with the Loss of one man Killed & one Horse taken, A Short time Afterwards the Horse joined me, and before Dark killed 4 more taking 6 Prisoners; Marched this day...23 [miles].”

Seymour:

"On the twenty-first of May we took and killed about twelve Tories. Marched sixteen miles."



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