The American Revolution in South Carolina

Ridgeway's Fort

September 3, 1781


Patriot Cdr:

Capt. John Ridgeway, Sr.
Loyalist Cdr:

Major William Cunningham
Killed:

10
Killed:

0
Wounded:

Unknown
Wounded:

0
Captured:

~20
Captured:

0
Old District: 

Ninety-Six District
Present County:

Laurens County

aka Dirty Creek.


Skirmish, Capt. John Ridgeway, Sr. vs. Major William Cunningham.
The Patriot militia constructed two blockhouses on the Reedy River to protect the frontier settlers from the periodic incursions of Loyalists from the mountains. These were garrisoned by a party of thirty (30) men from the Little River District Regiment of Militia under the command of Capt. John Ridgeway, Sr.

On September 3, one of Cunningham's detachments attacked this post. Capt. Ridgeway, another officer, and eight (8) privates were killed and the rest of the Patriots surrendered.



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