The American Revolution in South Carolina

Hollingsworth's Mill

October 5, 1780


Patriot Cdr:

Lt. William Giles /
Lt. Joseph Hughes
Loyalist Cdr:

Unknown
Killed:

0
Killed:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Captured:

0
Captured:

1
Old District: 

Ninety-Six District
Present County:

Union County

About eight or ten Patriots were patrolling south of Kings Mountain to gain intelligence on where Major Patrick Ferguson and his American Volunteers were. They were also looking for other Patriot units to see what they were up to. This small patrol included Joseph Hughes, John Savage, William Sharp, William Giles, and Charles Crade of the 2nd Spartan Regiment of Militia.

Soon, they learned that 250 Loyalists were encamped at the schoolhouse near Hollingsworth's Mill on Brown's Creek. Since the schoolhouse was on the top of a hill and surrounded by a thick woods, the small patrol decided to "give them an alarm."

That night, this small group of Patropts surrounded the hill and approached at different angles. The plan was to continue close to the schoolhouse until a sentry challenged them then lie down and fire into the camp. Each man was to shoot then rush into the camp after firing.

As they approached, one of the sentinels did detect them and fired upon them. They rushed towards the Loyalists, screaming like Indians, and firing their muskets. The Loyalists must have thought they were out-numbered and fled into the night. By the time the small group of Patriots reached the fire there was not a Loyalist to be found, but they could be heard running through the woods.

They found wagons with horses hitched to them, guns stacked, cooking utensils, clothing and hats, but could not find a living soul among these items. When the sun came up they were faced with the problem of what to do with all of the goods sitting there. They moved all of the captured equipment away from the schoolhouse and watched it for several days, hoping to ambush any Loyalists that came back for their goods.

Finally, a small mounted force of fifteen Loyalists approached the area. The small group of Patriots fired on them and scattered them into the woods. One horse and rider could not get away and he surrendered. They then found some fellow Patriots who helped them carry away all of the captured goods.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

2nd Spartan Regiment of Militia detachment led by Lt. William Giles and Lt. Joseph Hughes with:

Sgt. John Savage

Charles Crade

William Sharp 

250 Unnamed Loyalists

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