The American Revolution in South Carolina

Earle's Ford

July 15, 1780


Patriot Cdr:

Col. Charles McDowell (NC)
Loyalist Cdr:

Capt. James Dunlap
Killed:

8
Killed:

2
Wounded:

30
Wounded:

1
Captured:

1
Captured:

0
Old District: 

Ninety-Six District
Present County:

Spartanburg County

This engagement is the same one identified for July 16th as McDowell's Camp.


On July 15, Loyalist Col. Zacharias Gibbs learned that there was a Patriot force in the area. He sent a spy to infiltrate the Patriot camp, commanded by Col. Charles McDowell of Burke County (NC), and gather up as much information as he could. The spy was successful and returned to Col. Gibbs with the information. Capt. James Dunlap and a Loyalist force was sent to attack the Patriot camp.

Early in the morning, Capt. Dunlap discovered the camp and began moving across the North Pacolet River to attack. They were spotted by a sentry, who went back to the camp to warn Col. McDowell. The Loyalists charged into the camp, catching some of the Patriots still asleep in their tents. A Patriot counter-attack was ordered by Col. McDowell, which managed to drive away the Loyalists. One of the Americans killed was Capt. Edward Hampton's son, Noah Hampton.

Casualties: Patriots: 8 killed, 30 wounded, 1 captured; British: 2 killed, 1 wounded

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

Col. Charles McDowell - Commanding Officer

Burke County Regiment of Militia (NC) detachment led by Col. Charles McDowell and Major Joseph McDowell, with six (6) known companies, led by:
- Capt. John Jones
- Capt. Jonathan Camp (or Kemp)
- Capt. Thomas Kennedy
- Capt. Abraham Kuykendall
- Capt. Joseph McDowell
- Capt. Joseph White

Rutherford County Regiment of Militia (NC) detachment, led by Col. Andrew Hampton, Lt. Col. John Earle, and Major John Singleton, with six (6) known companies, led by:
- Capt. Adam Hampton
- Capt. Edward Hampton
- Capt. George Ledbetter
- Capt. James McFadden
- Capt. Richard Singleton
- Capt. Jacob Vanzant

Rowan County Regiment of Militia (NC) detachment of one (1) known company, led by:
- Capt. James Roddy

Capt. James Dunlap - Commanding Officer

American Volunteers - 14 men

Old Tryon County Regiment of Loyalist Militia (NC) led by Col. Ambrose Mills with 60 men

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