The American Revolution in South Carolina

Rugeley's Mills

August 16, 1780


Patriot Cdr:

Lt. Col. Charles Tuffin Armand (VA)
British Cdr:

Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton
Killed:

Unk
Killed:

Unk
Wounded:

Unk
Wounded:

Unk
Captured:

Unk
Captured:

Unk
Old District: 

Camden District
Present County:

Kershaw County

Lt. Col. Banastare Tarleton commanding the cavalry of the British Legion pursued remnants of the American Army fleeing after the Battle of Camden back up Flat Rock Road. A skirmish took place between the British Legion and a force of Armand’s Legion cavalry on the southwest side of Grannies Quarter Creek.


Most of the Patriot's reserve force at the battle of Camden simply did not come into play very much. Lt. Col. Otho Williams (on Maj. Gen. Gates's staff) later accused the NC and VA militia of plundering the Patriot wagon train, looting baggage, etc. Lt. Col. Charles Armand attempted to rally his men and the scattering militia units around him at Rugeley's Bridge, where Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton caught up with them.

The Patriots offered a brief resistance, but Lt. Col. Tarleton's men were too seasoned and quickly frightened the militia units off, pursuing them all the way to Hanging Rock, twenty-two miles away.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

Armand's Legion of Horse & Foot led by Lt. Col. Charles Tuffin Armand with an unknown number men

Wilkes County Regiment of Militia (NC) detachment of one (1) known company, led by:
- Capt. John Cleveland

Lincoln County Regiment of Militia (NC) detachment of one (1) known company, led by:
- Capt. Samuel Martin

Kershaw Regiment detachment of four (4) known companies, led by:
- Capt. William Deason
- Capt. George Dunlap
- Capt. Thomas Glaze
- Capt. Jack Gray

Camden District Regiment detachment of three (3) known companies, led by:
- Capt. Benjamin Carter
- Capt. Richard Tucker
- Capt. John Weathers

Little River District Regiment detachment of two (2) known companies, led by:
- Capt. Pendleton Isbell
- Capt. William Mulwee

2nd Spartan Regiment detachment of (1) known company, led by:
- Capt. John Walker

Orangeburgh District Regiment detachment of one (1) known company, led by:
- Capt. John McKenzie

British Legion led by Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton with an unknown number of men

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