The American Revolution in South Carolina

Sandy River

December 1780


Patriot Cdr:

Col. Thomas Brandon
Loyalist Cdr:

Capt. Manning Gose
Killed:

Unknown
Killed:

3
Wounded:

Unknown
Wounded:

3
Captured:

1+
Captured:

0
Old District: 

Camden District
Present County:

Chester County

In early December, Col. Thomas Brandon and Major Joseph McJunkin of the 2nd Spartan Regiment of Militia gathered up what men they could and posted themselves at Love's Ford on the west side of the Broad River to prevent communications between Lt. General Charles, Lord Cornwallis and the Loyalists west of the Broad River.

While there, a scouting party, under the command of Capt. John McCool, was ordered to cross the Broad River and attack the Loyalists, led by Capt. Manning Gose, on the Sandy River. Capt. McCool was defeated and Daniel McJunkin was captured and taken to Winnsborough.

Col. Thomas Brandon pursued the Loyalists and fell in with a small party of them - killing three and wounding three. The rest got away with their prisoners.

Col. Brandon sent a flag to Lord Cornwallis and proposed to exchange Loyalist Col. Fanning for Daniel McJunkin, but Lord Cornwallis declined and sent him to the jail in Camden. McJunkin remained there until April of 1781, when he and some others made their escape, but nearly perished for want of food before they reached their comrades.

Known Patriot Participants 

Known British/Loyalist Participants
2nd Spartan Regiment of Militia detachment led by Col. Thomas Brandon and Major Joseph McJunkin, with two (2) known companies, led by:
- Capt. William Grant
- Capt. John McCool

Capt. Manning Gose, with unknown number of Loyalists

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