The American Revolution in South Carolina

Dutchman's Creek

March 21, 1781


Patriot Cdr:

Capt. Benjamin Land
Loyalist Cdr:

Capt. William Gray
Killed:

18
Killed:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Captured:

18
Captured:

0
Old District: 

Camden District
Present County:

Fairfield County

On March 21, a detachment of New York Volunteers (Provincials), commanded by Capt. William Gray, set up an ambush near Dutchman's Creek, about ten miles east of Winnsborough. The mission was to attack and destroy Capt. Benjamin Land and his organizing militia.

Capt. Benjamin Land and his militia entered the ambush site, and the NY Volunteers opened fire on them. The Patriot force was routed, and lost 18 men killed and 18 captured. After Capt. Land was captured, he was killed because of the earlier death of a prominent Loyalist, Lt. Yarborough, on March 3rd. Also killed were Ben Adair and James Boyd.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants
Turkey Creek Regiment of Militia detachment of one (1) company led by Capt. Benjamin Land, with 36 men  New York Volunteers detachment led by Capt. William Gray, with unknown number of men
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