The American Revolution in South Carolina

Prince's Fort

July 17, 1780

Patriot Cdr:

Capt. Edward Hampton
Loyalist Cdr:

Capt. James Dunlap






Old District: 

Camden District
Present County:

Lancaster County

On July 17th, after the attack on the Patriot camp at Earle's Ford, the Loyalist force, commanded by Capt. James Dunlap, headed back to their base at Prince's Fort. Capt. Edward Hampton and his Patriot militia were chasing after Dunlap's force. About five miles from the fort, Hampton caught up with Dunlap's Loyalists. They were on the Blackstock Road, unaware that the Patriots were behind them.

The Patriots opened fire on the Loyalists, killing five men instantly. The Loyalists broke ranks and fled to the fort. Hampton stopped his pursuit about 300 yards from the fort, satisfied with his results from the attack. He returned to Earle's Ford with 35 captured horses and a stock of captured weapons.

Casualties: Patriots: 1 captured; British: 13 killed, 1 captured

Capt. Edward Hampton was the brother of Wade, Richard, and Henry, all in Col. Thomas Sumter's army. His son, Noah, had been brutally murdered at Earle's Ford by Dunlap's men, and he now had his revenge.

Capt. Edward Hampton lived in Rutherford County, NC and mostly served in the NC Militia, but sometimes joined up with the SC Militia under Colonel/Brigadier General Thomas Sumter.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

Rutherford County Regiment (NC) detachment of four (4) known companies, led by:
- Capt. Adam Hampton
- Capt. Edward Hampton
- Capt. Thomas Price
- Capt. Joseph White (Burke County Regiment)

Washington County Regiment (NC) detachment of one (1) known company, led by:
- Capt. William Trimble

Capt. James Dunlap - Commanding Officer

American Volunteers - unknown number of men

Old Tryon County Regiment of Loyalist Militia (NC) led by Col. Ambrose Mills with unknown number of men



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