The American Revolution in South Carolina

Farrow's Station

April 1, 1782


Patriot Cdr:

Capt. Thomas Farrow
Loyalist Cdr:

Unknown
Killed:

Unknown
Killed:

1
Wounded:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Captured:

0
Captured:

Unknown
Old District: 

Ninety-Six District
Present County:

Spartanburg County

Skirmish, Capt. Thomas Farrow vs. unnamed Loyalists.


Farrow’s Station was an outpost of the Spartan Regiment of Militia within site of Musgrove’s Mill. It was located in between the Enoree and Tyger rivers. The station was the home of Landon Farrow, who was being held prisoner by the British in Charlestown. Capt. Thomas Farrow was Landon’s brother and was in command of a detachment of Roebuck's Battalion of Spartan Regiment at Farrow’s Station.

At sundown on April 1st, a band of Loyalists surrounded the station and posted sentinels to prevent any reinforcements from being summoned. Capt. Farrow and his men barricaded the doors and began firing at the Loyalists until midnight. One Loyalist was killed in this initial exchange of gunfire.

During the siege the Loyalists attempted the burn down the fort, but were unsuccessful. Seeing that the standoff would continue both sides held a parley. The Loyalists stated that they would leave if Capt. Farrow would supply them with arms and ammunition. Farrow was outnumbered and surrounded and had no choice but to comply.

During the transfer of the weapons an argument began on whether the pistols should be handed out butt first or barrel first. To stop any further bloodshed Capt. Farrow’s sister-in-law carried the pistols out and gave them to the Loyalists.

After they left, Capt. Farrow gathered men from Roebuck's Battalion of Spartan Regiment of Militia and pursued the Loyalists. They overtook the raiding party at Bryant’s Mills and defeated them. Capt. Thomas Farrow was severely wounded and it took him three months to recuperate from his wounds.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants
Roebuck's Battalion of Spartan Regiment of Militia detachment of one (1) known company, led by:
- Capt. Thomas Farrow
Unknown Number of Loyalists with Unknown Commanding Officer
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