The American Revolution in South Carolina

McDowell's Camp

July 16, 1780


Patriot Cdr:

Col. Charles McDowell (NC)
Loyalist Cdr:

Capt. James Dunlap
Killed:

8
Killed:

2
Wounded:

30
Wounded:

1
Captured:

1
Captured:

0
Old District: 

Ninety-Six District
Present County:

Spartanburg County

NC Loyalist militia attacked a force of Patriot militia, but were beaten off after the Patriots had suffered heavy causalities. This engagement is the same one identified for July 15th as Earle's Ford.


Capt. John Jones joined Col. Charles McDowell, who had 300 men in camp on the North Pacolet River. Many think the site was in North Carolina, but it was actually within South Carolina.

Loyalists under Capt. James Dunlap attacked the camp at night. They killed eight Patriots and wounded thirty before Col. McDowell could rally his men and beat off the assault.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

Col. Charles McDowell - Commanding Officer

Burke County Regiment of Militia (NC) detachment led by Col. Charles McDowell and Major Joseph McDowell, with six (6) known companies, led by:
- Capt. John Jones
- Capt. Jonathan Camp (or Kemp)
- Capt. Thomas Kennedy
- Capt. Abraham Kuykendall
- Capt. Joseph McDowell
- Capt. Joseph White

Rutherford County Regiment of Militia (NC) detachment, led by Col. Andrew Hampton, Lt. Col. John Earle, and Major John Singleton, with six (6) known companies, led by:
- Capt. Adam Hampton
- Capt. Edward Hampton
- Capt. George Ledbetter
- Capt. James McFadden
- Capt. Richard Singleton
- Capt. Jacob Vanzant

Rowan County Regiment of Militia (NC) detachment of one (1) known company, led by:
- Capt. James Roddy

Capt. James Dunlap - Commanding Officer

American Volunteers - 14 men

Old Tryon County Regiment of Loyalist Militia (NC) led by Col. Ambrose Mills with 60 men

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