The American Revolution in South Carolina

Lawson's Fork

July 20, 1780


Patriot Cdr:

Major Joseph Dickson
Loyalist Cdr:

Capt. Patrick Moore
Killed:

Unknown
Killed:

Unknown
Wounded:

1
Wounded:

Unknown
Captured:

0
Captured:

0
Old District: 

Ninety-Six District
Present County:

Spartanburg County

Lyman C. Draper relates this story of the capture of Captain Patrick Moore, a noted Loyalist. Capt. Moore had escaped from the slaughter at Ramseur's Mill in North Carolina on the 20th of June, when his brother, Colonel John Moore, safely returned to Camden. Anxious for the capture of Captain Moore, Major Joseph Dickson and Captain William Johnston were sent out early in July to apprehend this noted Loyalist leader, and others if they could be found.

On Lawson's Fork of the Pacolet River, near the old Iron Works, since Bivingsville, and now known as Glendale, the parties met and a skirmish ensued, in which Captain Johnston and the Loyalist leader had a personal rencontre. Capt. Moore was at length overpowered and captured, but in the desperate contest Capt. Johnston received several wounds on his head and on the thumb of his right hand.

While bearing his prisoner toward the Patriot lines a short distance away, he was rapidly approached by several British troops. Attempting to fire his loaded musket at his pursuers, it unfortunately missed in consequence of the blood flowing from his wounded thumb and wetting his priming. This misfortune on his part enabled his prisoner to escape, and, perceiving his own dangerous and defenseless condition, he promptly availed himself of a friendly thicket at his side, eluded his pursuers, and shortly after rejoined the command.

Known Patriot Participants 

Known British/Loyalist Participants
New Acquisition District Regiment of Militia detachment led by Major Joseph Dickson, with one (1) known company, led by:
- Capt. William Johnston

Capt. Patrick Moore

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