The American Revolution in South Carolina

Kingstree

August 7, 1780


Patriot Cdr:

None
British Cdr:

Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton
Killed:

0
Killed:

0
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

0
Captured:

0
Captured:

0
Old District: 

Georgetown District
Present County:

Williamsburg County

Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton burned homes and took prisoners on his way to Camden.


Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton left Georgetown and first went to Lenud's Ferry then to the Black River and crossed at the Lower Bridge, reaching Kingstree on August 6, 1780. He pitched camp on the parade ground where the county court house now stands. Lt. Col. Tarleton learned that Major John James's battalion (Kingstree Regiment), with Capt. William McCottry's riflemen as advance guards were on their way to greet him.

Lt. Col. Tarleton immediately decamped and headed towards Camden. Capt. McCottry's riflemen arrived a few hours late. On his departure, Lt. Col. Tarleton took several prisoners in Kingstree then burned the mansion home and fourteen buildings at the messauge of Capt. Henry Mouzon. A little further, Lt. Col. Tarleton destroyed the homes of William and Edward Plowden.

When Lt. Col. Tarleton arrived at the village of Salem, he disguised himself as an American officer and went to the home of James Bradley and passed himself off as Lt. Col. William Washington. Lt. Col. Tarleton pursuaded Bradley to lead him accross the swamps of the Black River, then threw off his disguise and made Bradley a prisoner.



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