The American Revolution in South Carolina

Fishing Creek

November 1780


Patriot Cdr:

Capt. Robert Cooper
Loyalist Cdr:

Unknown
Killed:

0
Killed:

0
Wounded:

2
Wounded:

Unknown
Captured:

0
Captured:

All
Old District: 

Camden District
Present County:

Chester County

About the time that Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton was plundering the countryside nearby, Capt. Robert Cooper learned of a "squad of Tories who had collected for the purpose of organizing to commit depredations in the neighborhood." He gathered his militia and rode towards the Loyalists who had fortified themselves in a log cabin.

He and his men approached the cabin at night, riding down a lane, hoping to be undetected. But, they were and a sentry fired at them. Capt. Cooper was wounded in the side and William Hale was severely wounded in the foot. Capt. Cooper continued onward and attempted to burn the cabin. Since the sentry's shot, there had been no shots coming from inside the house, so Capt. Cooper guessed that they were out of ammunition.

He ordered his men to construct a battering ram "by swinging a log with ropes & battered down the door." All of the Loyalists were captured.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants
Turkey Creek Regiment of Militia detachment of one (1) company led by Capt. Robert Coleman, with unknown number of men 

Unknown number of Loyalists

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