The American Revolution in South Carolina

  Thomas' Plantation

  February 6, 1779


Patriot Cdr:

Col. John Thomas, Sr.
Loyalist Cdr:

Lt. Col. John Moore
Killed:

0
Killed:

0
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

0
Captured:

1
Captured:

0
Old District: 

Ninety-Six District
Present County:

Spartanburg County

aka Fair Forest.


Loyalist Lt. Col. John Moore led an attack on February 6, 1779 to capture SC Patriot Militia Col. John Thomas, Sr., Lt. Col. William Wofford, and a store of gunpowder at the Thomas Homestead. Patriot Josiah Culbertson, Jane Thomas, and her children successfully defended the house and the Patriots’ military stores.

Lt. Col. Moore captured Lt. Col. William Wofford, but Col. Thomas was saved by the soon-arriving Capt. Matthew Patton, who had come when Col. Thomas's daughter, Leitha, rode out to find him. After a few volleys most of Capt. Patton's men ran off, soon followed by Capt. Matthew Patton and Col. John Thomas, Sr.

On the second floor was Josiah Culbertson, with his wife, his mother, his mother-in-law Jane Thomas, and Col. Thomas's wife and 12-year-old son William. They fired every gun in the house and quickly reloaded, making Lt. Col. John Moore and his Loyalists to reconsider and to withdraw.

The gunpowder that was saved later proved to be instrumental for the Patriots in the battles of Rocky Mount and Hanging Rock during the next year.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

Col. John Thomas, Sr. of the 1st Spartan Regiment - Commanding Officer

Lt. Col. William Wofford - 1st Spartan Regiment

Capt. Matthew Patton - 1st Spartan Regiment

Josiah Culbertson - 1st Spartan Regiment

Lt. Col. John Moore

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