The American Revolution in South Carolina

Fair Forest Creek

March 1781


Patriot Cdr:

Lt. John Jolly
British Cdr:

Unknown
Killed:

1
Killed:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Captured:

4
Captured:

0
Old District: 

Ninety-Six District
Present County:

Union County

Lt. John Jolly, with a small patrol of seven Patriots, rode near the mouth of Fair Forest Creek looking for evidence of Loyalist activity. They stopped at a house of an old man named Leighton who "was of doubtful politics, with an inclination to the strongest side." What Lt. Jolly and his men did not know was that 100 Loyalists had also stopped by this home and were encamped on the other side of the creek.

The Loyalists surrounded the house, unknown to Lt. Jolly and his men. When two Loyalists fired their weapons early, two Patriots - William Sharp and William Giles - rode through them and escaped. Lt. Jolly and Charles Crain were not able to reach their horses and took off running on foot. Lt. Jolly was killed, but Crain was able to escape.

The four remaining Patriots put up a fierce fight inside the house. They killed and wounded a number of their enemy and kept up the fight until nightfall. Eventually, they surrendered and were taken to the Ninety-Six jail. Two of the prisoners, Richard Hughes and John Hughes, died in that jail. The last two, James Johnson and John Allbritton, escaped in August of 1781.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

2nd Spartan Regiment of Militia detachment led by:

Lt. John Jolly (killed), with seven (7) known men:
- John Allbritton (POW - escaped)
- Charles Crain
- William Giles
- John Hughes (POW - died in prison)
- Richard Hughes (POW - died in prison)
- James Johnson (POW - escaped)
- William Sharp

100 Loyalists - Unknown Commander

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