Lt. Col. Nisbet Balfour, the British commander in Charlestown,
sent Capt. John Saunders and his troop of Queen's Rangers to
Georgetown. Capt. Saunders wanted to return to New York, so he
rode to Winnsborough to discuss this with Lt. General Charles,
Lord Cornwallis. He sent Lt. John Wilson on to Georgetown, who
soon thereafter went out patrolling the general area.
The British commander already at Georgetown was Lt. Col. George
Campbell, who decided to join the Queen's Rangers on one of their
patrols. On Christmas Day, this group ran into about fifty mouted
Patriot Militia. Lt. John Wilson charged with thirteen men. The
Patriots dispersed, but Lt. Wilson was wounded in the exchange.
He was able to capture one officer, but the remaining Patriots