The American Revolution in South Carolina

Horner's Corner

April 3, 1781


Patriot Cdr:

Capt. Thomas Key
Loyalist Cdr:

Capt. John Clark
Killed:

0
Killed:

1
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

Unknown
Captured:

0
Captured:

Unknown
Old District: 

Ninety-Six District
Present County:

Edgefield County

aka Horn Creek, aka Horner's Creek.


Capt. Thomas Key, under Col. LeRoy Hammond, defeated and took prisoner a group of Loyalists under a Capt. John Clark, who himself was killed in the encounter at his own home on Horner's Creek.
After the skirmish at Beattie's Mill, Brigadier General Andrew Pickens began to systematically destroy Loyalist strongholds and to gather Patriot forces all across the Ninety-Six District. His order to all units under his command was to seek out and destroy Loyalist gatherings in the general area.

In the meantime, Maj. Samuel Hammond arrived at Pace's Ferry and met up with Capt. Thomas Key of Col. LeRoy Hammond's command. Following Brigadier General Pickens's recent order, he sent out Capt. Key to engage the Loyalist forces north of Augusta, GA.

Capt. Key found Capt. John Clark at his own home at Horner's Creek with a small group of Loyalists. Capt. Clark was killed and the remainder were captured. Capt. Key paroled the prisoners then moved over to the Savannah River and then attacked Hammond's Mill.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants
Lower Ninety-Six District Regiment of Militia detachment of one (1) known company, led by:
- Capt. Thomas Key

Capt. John Clark (killed)

Unknown number of Loyalists



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