Rev. William Martin heard Col. Francis, Lord Rawdon's proclamation
demanding locals to take British protection, but he was outraged
by the massacre at Waxhaws
by Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton. He preached a sermon to the Covenanter
Church on Rocky Creek telling his congregation that they needed
to ignore the proclamation and take up arms against the British.
Lt. Col. George Turnbull of the NY Volunteers (Provincials)
learned of this sermon and sent a force of dragoons to disperse
the congregation that was organizing under Capt. Benjamin Land
(Turkey Creek Regiment) - this they did, along with killing Capt.
Land. Two miles away, the dragoons attacked another gathering
at a local blacksmith shop, killing one. They then rode to the
home of Rev. Martin, arrested him, and took him to the Rocky