The American Revolution in South Carolina

Mount Willing

November 1781


Patriot Cdr:

Capt. Sterling Turner's men, No Leader
Loyalist Cdr:

Col. Hezekiah Williams
Killed:

Unknown
Killed:

1
Wounded:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Captured:

0
Captured:

0
Old District: 

Ninety-Six District
Present County:

Saluda County

Raid, Patriot militia vs. Major William Cunningham detachment.


After defeating Major John Moore at Rowe’s Plantation "Bloody Bill" Cunningham crossed the fork of the Edisto River and rendezvoused with the other detachments of his "Bloody Scout." Two of the detachments under Col. Hezekiah Williams and Capt. Radcliffe moved to Mount Willing and began plundering the settlers.

A disorganized band of Capt. Sterling Turner’s Patriot Militia assembled and pursued Col. Hezekiah Williams. This band of Patriots did not have a leader and acted more as a mob than a military force. They pursued Col. Williams across the Saluda River into what is now Newberry County, and surprised the Loyalists, killing Capt. Radcliffe. The rest of the Loyalists dispersed into the surrounding countryside.



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