The American Revolution in South Carolina

Friday's Ferry

May 1, 1781


Patriot Cdr:

Lt. Col. Henry Hampton
Loyalist Cdr:

Major Andrew Maxwell
Killed:

0
Killed:

18
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

Unk
Captured:

0
Captured:

Unk
Old District: 

Camden District/ Orangeburgh District
Present County:

Richland County/
Lexington County

On May 1st, some Provincials guarding Friday's Ferry, near Fort Granby, were surprised by a group of dragoons under Lt. Col. Henry Hampton. Thirteen of the enemy were killed. As well, Lt. Col. Hampton attacked another small detachment on their way to the fort and another five were killed. Numbers of men involved on both side is not recorded but the number was probably few.

In the same letter reporting this skirmish, Sumter said: “The Hessian horse is Gone Downwards Except Twenty five that Crossed from the fort at Motts & Went in to Camden With Majr Doyl [John Doyle].”

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

Lt. Col. Henry Hampton - Commanding Officer

Hampton's Regiment of Light Dragoons (State Troops) detachment led by Lt. Col. Henry Hampton, with two (2) known companies, led by:
- Capt. Jacob Barnett
- Capt. John Mills

Polk's Regiment of Light Dragoons (State Troops) detachment of two (2) known companies, led by:
- Capt. William Hutchison
- Capt. Nathaniel Marshall Martin

SC 1st Regiment of State Dragoons (State Troops) detachment of two (2) known companie,s led by:
- Capt. William Alexander
- Capt. James Giles

SC 2nd Regiment of State Dragoons (State Troops) detachment of two (2) known companies, led by:
- Capt. John Gray
- Capt. Francis Moore

New Acquisition District Regiment of Militia detachment of seven (7) known companies, led by:
- Capt. William Copeland
- Capt. Robert Hanna
- Capt. John Henderson
- Capt. James Martin
- Capt. John Peters
- Capt. James Venable
- Capt. James Wallace

Fairfield Regiment of Militia detachment of one (1) known company, led by:
- Capt. John Turner

Prince of Wales American Regiment, Grenadier Company led by Major Andrew Maxwell with 78 men

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