The American Revolution in South Carolina

Myddleton's Ambuscade

June 18, 1781


Patriot Cdr:

Col. Charles S. Myddleton
British Cdr:

Major John Coffin
Killed:

34
Killed:

Unknown
Wounded:

included in above
Wounded:

Unknown
Captured:

included in above
Captured:

Unknown
Old District: 

Orangeburgh District
Present County:

Lexington County

aka Juniper Springs. aka West Old Field.


Col. Charles Myddleton was in command of a party of mounted Patriots that had been making hit and run attacks of the British relief column that was on its way to the besieged British garrison of Ninety-Six. Col. Myddleton and his men were in the process of making another such attack when they road into an ambush of British cavalry. The Patriots were routed suffering casualties of more than fifty percent of their force.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

SC 2nd Regiment of State Dragoons (State Troops) detachment led by Col. Charles S. Myddleton with three (3) known companies, led by:
- Capt. Godfrey Adams
- Capt. Francis Moore
- Capt. Isaac Ross

Orangeburgh District Regiment of Militia detachment led by Lt. Col. Richard Hampton with one (1) known company, led by:
- Capt. Andrew Gray

1st Spartan Regiment of Militia detachment of one (1) known company, led by:
- Capt. Philip Waters

Total Patriot Forces - 150

NY Volunteers led by Major John Coffin with 60 mounted infantry

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