The American Revolution in South Carolina

Rocky Creek Settlement

March 3, 1781


Patriot Cdr:

Capt. Benjamin Land
Loyalist Cdr:

Capt. Daniel Muse
Killed:

0
Killed:

0
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

1
Captured:

0
Captured:

0
Old District: 

Camden District
Present County:

Chester County

Capt. Benjamin Land generally always allowed his men ride to the Rocky Creek Settlement and spend the night with their families after each engagement or when not much was going on in the area. On the night of March 2nd, Capt. Land and seven of his men stopped at his home, and a sentinel was placed at the door.

Capt. Dainel Muse, a Loyalist in the area, learned that Capt. Land was at home and he gathered about thirty men. Around midnight, Capt. Muse and his men infiltrated the settlement, sized two old men and three boys who might have alerted the Patriots. This group was about one hundred yards from Capt. Land's house when the sentinel fired upon them. Capt. Muse placed a guard over his five local prisoners then charged the house.

Capt. Land and his men fired through the cracks between the logs of the home, and Loyalist Lt. Lewis Yarborough was mortally wounded. Capt. Muse quickly realized that he no longer had the element of surprise and decided to withdraw.

Later in March, Capt. Benjamin Land was captured by the British at Dutchman's Creek and he died in captivity.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants
Turkey Creek Regiment of Militia detachment of one (1) known company, led by:
- Capt. Benjamin Land, with 7 men

Capt. Daniel Muse, with unknown number of Loyalists

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