The American Revolution in South Carolina

Near Waxhaws

May 31, 1780


Patriot Cdr:

None
British Cdr:

Capt. Christian Hucks
Killed:

1
Killed:

0
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

0
Captured:

0
Captured:

0
Old District: 

Camden District
Present County:

Lancaster County

Two days after the Battle of Waxhaws, Capt. Christian Huck of Lt. Col. Tarleton's Legion was ordered to patrol the area to find any resistance to the king. Capt. Huck and his dragoons rode to the house of a young Quaker, named Samuel Wyly and accused Wyly of having been in the Patriot Militia during the Siege of Charlestown.

Wyly admitted that he had been there but stated that the authorities had paroled him. He then produced a copy of the parole. Capt. Huck refused to recognize the parole and he held a trial. The jury consisted of three Loyalist militiamen and three of his junior officers. Wyly was sentenced to be drawn and quartered. After they had finished the different parts of his body were set up on pikes by the roadside as a warning to others.

This small action would lead to the rising of Patriot fever in the region. Soon, this was known as the Presbyterian Rebellion and the results would require larger British units to secure outposts in the backcountry.



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