The American Revolution in South Carolina

  Reedy River

  August 5, 1777


Patriot Cdr:

Capt. Thomas Woodward
Loyalist Cdr:

Capt. Richard Pearis
Killed:

Unknown
Killed:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Captured:

Unknown
Captured:

Unknown
Old District: 

Ninety-Six District
Present County:

Laurens County

In August, Capt. Richard Pearis was raising Loyalists men to go to Mobile to fight for the British - including David Fanning, who had recently escaped from the Patriots again. Capt. Pearis managed to gather up 400 men. The local Patriot Militia - Capt. Thomas Woodward of the Fairfield Regiment - learned of this gathering and raided the Loyalist camp on the Reedy River.

Many of the Loyalists were captured but most of them managed to escape. The captured Loyalists were sent to Ninety-Six and imprisoned. Capt. Pearis and Capt. Fanning were captured, but Pearis escaped and made his way to Florida, where he was made a captain of the West Florida Militia.

David Fanning was once again imprisoned at Ninety-Six for a while, but was "acquitted" and released.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

Fairfield Regiment of Militia detachment led by Capt. Thomas Woodward with the following known men:

William McGrew

Capt. Richard Pearis

Capt. David Fanning

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