By February of 1777, Brig. Gen. Robert
Howe was in command of the Continental Army's Southern Department,
with his headquarters in Charlestown. South Carolinian Brig.
Gen. Christopher Gadsden did not get along with Brig. Gen. Robert
Howe, therefore, he resigned on August 21, 1777. This left Brig.
Gen. William Moultrie as the only general officer representing
South Carolina within the Continental Army for a year and a half.
In early 1777, Thomas Brandon created
the 2nd Spartan Regiment and he was elected its first and only
Colonel and commander until the end of the war. Lt. Col. James
Williams took over the Little River District Regiment (of militia)
from Col. John Lindsey.
Capt.-Lt. John Withers disbanded his
independent company of Indian rovers towards the end of 1776,
leaving only two independent companies - one reporting directly
to Col. William Thomson of the SC 3rd Regiment, and one reporting
directly to the Council of Safety.