The American Revolution in South Carolina

  Lyndley's Fort

  July 15, 1776


Patriot Cdr:

Capt. Jonathan Downs
Loyalist Cdr:

Capt. David Fanning
Killed:

0
Killed:

3-4
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

0
Captured:

0
Captured:

13
Old District: 

Ninety-Six District
Present County:

Laurens County

aka Lindley's Fort.


On the evening of July 14th, a group of Patriot settlers had taken refuge in Lyndley's Fort. The fort was located near Rabon Creek in what is now Laurens County. That evening, Capt. Jonathan Downs of the Little River District Regiment of Militia and 150 men sought refuge with the settlers - they had been marching to join Major Andrew Williamson's Militia for the upcoming Cherokee Expedition.

At 1:00 a.m. in the morning of the 15th, 88 Indians and 102 Loyalists painted as Indians, led by Capt. David Fanning of the Upper Saluda Loyalist Militia, attacked Lyndley's Fort, not knowing beforehand that Capt. Downs and his men were there. The firing continued until 4:00 a.m., when the Loyalists learned that Major Williamson's forces were on their way. They departed, leaving several dead including two of their chief warriors. As they left, the Patriots captured thirteen and sent the prisoners to the jail at Ninety-Six.

Capt. David Fanning was not captured and fled to North Carolina.

The next day, Capt. Jonathan Downs was reinforced by 430 men of Lt. Col. James Williams and Lt. Col. John Lisle, two companies of Col. Richard Richardson's regiment, and a detachment from the SC 3rd Regiment (Rangers) led by Capt. Thomas Woodward. On July 17th, Major Andrew Williamson and his force united with these men at Lyndley's Fort.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

Little River District Regiment of Militia detachment led by Capt. Jonathan Downs with 150 men and two (2) other companies, led by:
- Capt. Samuel Morrow
- Capt. John Rogers

Reinforcements:

Camden District Regiment of Militia detachment with two (2) known companies led by:
- Capt. John Nixon
- Capt. "Unknown"

Spartan Regiment of Militia detachment led by Capt. James Lyndley

Lower District Regiment of Militia detachment led by Capt. Richard Pollard

SC 3rd Regiment (Rangers) detachment led by Capt. Thomas Woodward

Upper Saluda Loyalist Militia detachment led by Capt. David Fanning with 88 Indians and 102 Loyalists

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