The American Revolution in South Carolina

Rocky Creek Settlement

June 12, 1780


Patriot Cdr:

Capt. Benjamin Land
Loyalist Cdr:

Lt. Col. George Turnbull
Killed:

2
Killed:

0
Wounded:

Unknown
Wounded:

0
Captured:

Unknown
Captured:

0
Old District: 

Camden District
Present County:

Chester County

Rev. William Martin heard Col. Francis, Lord Rawdon's proclamation demanding locals to take British protection, but he was outraged by the massacre at Waxhaws by Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton. He preached a sermon to the Covenanter Church on Rocky Creek telling his congregation that they needed to ignore the proclamation and take up arms against the British.

Lt. Col. George Turnbull of the NY Volunteers (Provincials) learned of this sermon and sent a force of dragoons to disperse the congregation that was organizing under Capt. Benjamin Land (Turkey Creek Regiment) - this they did, along with killing Capt. Land. Two miles away, the dragoons attacked another gathering at a local blacksmith shop, killing one. They then rode to the home of Rev. Martin, arrested him, and took him to the Rocky Mount jail.



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