The American Revolution in South Carolina

March 1, 1775

June 21, 1775

November 21, 1775

February 29, 1776

April 15, 1776

June 4, 1776

October 31, 1776

February 15, 1777

October 30, 1777

March 28, 1778

January 10, 1779

October 10, 1779

May 12, 1780

June 1, 1780

August 16, 1780

January 20, 1781

May 15, 1781

September 30, 1781

November 15, 1781

January 31, 1782

December 14, 1782


Per a request in either November or December of 1779 by the Continental Congress, in January of 1780, South Carolina Governor John Rutledge agreed to reduce the number of State Troops on the Continental Line to three regiments (plus the regiment of artillery), in lieu of the six regiments that existed at that point in time.

In early February of 1780, the SC 5th Regiment and the SC 6th Regiment were disbanded due to this agreement as well as due to a significant drop in enlistments. The rank-and-file troops remaining in those two regiments were placed into the SC 1st Regiment, the SC 2nd Regiment, and a few were placed into the SC 3rd Regiment. Most officers of the now-defunct SC 5th Regiment and SC 6th Regiment were no longer needed, so they were sent home in February.

Peter Horry was transferred from the SC 2nd Regiment and promoted from Major to Lt. Colonel as the commander of the SC 5th Regiment sometime prior to the end of January in 1780. However, when the SC 5th Regiment was folded into the SC 1st Regiment, Lt. Col. Peter Horry was now without a command. He went home and waited to learn his fate. Luckily, he was at home when Charlestown fell.

Lt. Col. William Henderson was transferred to the SC 3rd Regiment under Col. William Thomson, and therefore he was not sent home in February.

John Sanders replaced Col. Isaac Hayne as the colonel and commander of the Colleton County Regiment (of militia).

Within the 4th Brigade of SC Militia, a new regiment of militia was established by Col. Archibald McDonald - the Kingstree Regiment, with many men from Williamsburg and surrounding areas volunteering. Some sources assert this unit was called the Williamsburg Regiment, while others assert it was simply called McDonald's Regiment. This Author has found several contemporaneous accounts that called it the Kingstree Regiment since most men were from Kingstree or very close thereto.

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