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July 20th 1780, Beaver Creek Ford While returning from his successful raid on the British supply column near Flat Rock, Major William Richardson Davie and his cavalry rode back to their camp at Waxhaw Creek. One of his own men straggled back and Major Davie was worried that he would be captured and inform any British patrols of their location. Major Davie told his guides to take a route back home that was the least traveled. The moon was full and the Patriots were able to pass by the left flank of Hanging Rock again to reach a plantation on Beaver Creek. At this location, Major Davie sent a Capt. Petit with an advance force to determine if it was safe. Capt. Petit did not see anything suspicious and Major Davie ordered the rest of the men to follow. When the rear of his column entered the lane, Major Davie's advance force "hailed the enemy concealed under a fence and some standing corn; on challenging a second time he was answered by a discharge of Musquetry, which commenced on their right and passed like a running fire towards the rear of the Detachment." A major in charge of the advance force ordered men to get through the lane, but they charged back against the Loyalists and were hit with a second volley. Once they caught up with the men who made it through the ambush, the whole body filed off to the right and quickly took up a position on a hill overlooking the plantation. Lt. Col. William Polk's men were guarding the prisoners taken at Flat Rock, and his men had suffered some casualties. Major Davie's troops suffered light casualties - Capt. Petit and two men wounded and a lieutenant killed. The enemy's fire fell primarily on the prisoners, who were confined two upon a horse and mixed with their guards. Major Davie could see the Loyalists walking about the plantation with lights, and they did not seem alarmed. His own men were close to a panic and he ordered a retreat. They left the mortally wounded prisoners on the hill and then rode off. Their own guides had fled on the first shots, "but a Tory who was taken from his bed and compelled to serve as guide enabled him to pass the enemy's patroles and regain his camp the next day without any further reverse of fortune."

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The American Revolution was on the edge of collapsing following the surrender of Charles Town to British forces in May 1780.  With the stroke of a pen, General Benjamin Lincoln, Commander of the Southern Continental Army, surrendered over 5,500 men to British forces.

Though many believed the war would soon be over, local armed militias with “Whig” (pro-independence) sympathies rose up throughout Georgia and Carolinas to rally the resistance against the British and their Tory sympathizers.

Resistance in the South Carolina Upcountry, characterized as “the Presbyterian Rebellion”, was a series of minor skirmishes and battles that took place from the late spring to the summer of 1780.  Many, but not all of those engagements were concentrated in the extreme northern portion of the Camden District (present day Chester County) and the New Acquisition District (present day York County in SC).  Scots-Irish Presbyterians dominated the population in those areas and the Scots-Irish and British possessed mutual disdain for each other.  Many, but not all of the Scots-Irish living in those areas were eager to join the resistance movement when British forces threatened their lives and property.

The Whig militia forces in South Carolina, led by Brigadier General Thomas Sumter, General Francis Marion, General Andrew Pickens, and other able commanders, frustrated British attempts to consolidate their hold in the Carolinas.  Their actions bought time for Washington and the Continental Congress to raise Continental forces to counter British forces.  Though their first attempt to offer resistance under General Horatio “Granny” Gates was met with disaster at the Battle of Camden (August 6, 1780), their second attempt under the able-minded leadership of General Nathanael Greene (the “Fighting Quaker”) led to a successful campaign that resulted in the gradually decimation of Cornwallis’ Army through various means, ultimately leading to the Siege at Yorktown.

The New Acquisition Militia’s educational programs focus on this important part of the story of the American Revolution by providing context for the general public and school children engaged in learning about American history.  We are a family friendly organization focused on education and encourage others to join as members to help with these programs.  Also, we invite you to read the articles focused on the history of the American Revolution included in the sidebar.

The New Acquisition Militia (NAM) is a non-profit, all volunteer organization registered in the State of South Carolina.  Its mission is to educate and inform the general public about Revolutionary War era events in the South Carolina Upcountry.  The NAM fulfills its mission by providing living history program support to national, state, regional, and local parks in the Carolinas. The corporation was founded for educational purposes and is a 501(c)7 club.

See our schedule for areas in which we serve and please consider joining the NAM!


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