The American Revolution in South Carolina

Pratt's Mill

October 3, 1781


Patriot Cdr:

Capt. John Norwood
Loyalist Cdr:

Major William Cunningham
Killed:

0
Killed:

0
Wounded:

1
Wounded:

0
Captured:

0
Captured:

0
Old District: 

Ninety-Six District
Present County:

Abbeville County

Skirmish, Capt. John Norwood vs. Major William Cunningham.


The skirmish at Pratt's Mill was on Little River and the mill used the undershot method of propulsion (no mill pond or dam). It was located in the shoal area of the river just south of the Highway 184 bridge over Little River.
Pratt's Mill was located on the Little River about eight miles northwest of present-day Abbeville. Capt. John Norwood guarded the mill with thirty (30) men. The mill was owned by William Pratt, a member of Capt. Norwood's Patriot Militia.

On the night of October 3rd, a large body of Loyalists and Cherokee Indians raided the mill and burned it to the ground. The Loyalists were led by Major William "Bloody Bill" Cunningham. The Patriots escaped into the night, but Capt. Norwood was wounded, and the Patriots lost thirty (30) horses to the Loyalists.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants
Little River District Regiment of Militia detachment of one (1) known company, led by:
- Capt. John Norwood, with 30 men
Major William Cunningham, with unknown number of Loyalists and Cherokee Indians
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