The American Revolution in South Carolina

Carey's Fort

August 15, 1780


Patriot Cdr:

Col. Thomas Taylor
Loyalist Cdr:

Lt. Col. James Carey
Killed:

0
Killed:

0
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

Unknown
Captured:

0
Captured:

108
Old District: 

Camden District
Present County:

Kershaw County

One source claims that this engagement happened on August 9th.


Col. Thomas Sumter sent a detachment of his troops under the command of Col. Thomas Taylor to attack this Loyalist fort on the Wateree River being garrisoned by British regulars. The Patriot troops killed or captured the entire garrison along with all its supplies.
A leading Loyalist, Lt. Col. James Carey built a fort that guarded the main ferry crossing about a mile from Camden, located on the west bank of the Wateree River on McCaa's Hill. This small fort was built on his own plantation, and was manned with 37 Loyalists.

Col. Thomas Sumter sent Col. Thomas Taylor and Col. Edward Lacey to scout Carey's Fort and determine if it could be taken. Col. Taylor surprised the fort and found it's entire garrison asleep. The Patriots quickly rushed in and captured all of the occupants, along with 36 wagons with supplies, including a load of rum.

Col. Taylor found out from his prisoners that another supply train was on its way to the fort from Ninety-Six, and since his men were dressed the same as the Loyalists, he set a trap. By the time the convoy realized what was going on, they too were his prisoners. Col. Taylor's men captured another 32 wagons of supplies, and 70 more men from the 71st Highlanders, mostly sick.

Col. Sumter's entire force moved in and occupied the newly-captured fort.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

Col. Thomas Taylor - Camden District Regiment of Militia detachment - Commanding Officer

Turkey Creek Regiment of Militia detachment led by Col. Edward Lacey, with one (1) known company, led by:
- Capt. Samuel Adams

Hill's Regiment of Light Dragoons detachment led by Lt. Col. James Hawthorn, with one (1) known company led by:
- Capt. John Hollis

Upper Ninety-Six District Regiment of Militia detachment led by Major Andrew Hamilton, Sr., with one (1) known company, led by:
- Capt. Hugh Wardlaw

Lt. Col. James Carey, with 37 Loyalists

71st Regiment (Highlanders), with 70 men

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