Amelia Township  

Amelia Township.

What:
Skirmish, Patriot militia vs. *Capt. Sharp, 1 June 1782

Other names: Sharp's Skirmish

Where:
33.726812 -80.644107, Sharp's Skirmish (JP)

Maps: [map notes]. Approximate boundaries.
  • 33.726812,-80.644107, Sharp's Skirmish (JP)
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  • Confidence: 2 (of skirmish)
  • 33.773072,-80.656155, Amelia Township, point 1
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  • Confidence: 3
  • 33.761339, -80.803409, Amelia Township, point 2
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  • Confidence: 3
  • 33.645035,-80.926015, Amelia Township, point 3
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  • Confidence: 3
  • 33.455727,-80.666006, Amelia Township, point 4
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  • Confidence: 3
  • 33.574563,-80.520336, Amelia Township, point 5
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  • Confidence: 3
  • Sources:

  • Amelia Township, approximate boundaries on modern map.

    Amelia Twp

  • Terry Lipscomb,"South Carolina Revolutionary Battles", Names in South Carolina, Vol.XXVII, p.35:
    About the first of June, Captain Sharp of the Loyalists encountered a party of Patriot militia who were en route from the Congarees to Greene's army; he charged and defeated them, killing four and dispersing the rest. This action took place in Amelia Township, or present Calhoun County.9

    9. The Royal Gazette, May 18, June 5, 1782.

  • Jack Parker, notes:
    ... it was located on the Congaree in Calhoun County in the vicinity of Tom's & Griffin's Creeks. Patriots were on the way from the Congarees (Saxea Gotha) to Gen. Greene, when attacked by Capt. Sharp. Skirmish was in Amelia Township.
    ...
    "Cedar Creek cuts across the lower part of the county and flows into the Congaree River after joining Tom's Creek [Both in Richland County]. Obviously Cedar Creek got its name from the cedar trees along its banks. Tararara Branch below Mill Creek was on the property of Colonel Wade Hampton. Other early names are: Pole Bridge Creek, Rives Creek, Griffins Creek and Little Creek; Dry Branch, Piney Branch and Horse Pen Branch. It is said that Mrs. Sarah Thomas Hopkins raised horses on the latter branch for General Sumter's and General Marion's armies and from this it got its name.19 Reference: Names in South Carolina, XIII, p.17

    Soon after the Revolutionary War, Colonel Wade Hampton (1752-1835) came to live in Richland County and purchased many thousands of acres of land. Much of his property extending from Gill's Creek in the Garner's Ferry Road area to the swamplands of the Congaree River, was obtained through the South Carolina Land Act of 1785. With Colonel Thomas Taylor and Timothy Rives he bought a tract of 18,500 acres at ten cents an acre, Colonel Taylor retained a portion of the upper part of the tract and Colonel Hampton became owner of the balance.70 Archive Names in South Carolina, XIII, p.20

  • "A History of Amelia Township, South Carolina"

  • Archive Names in South Carolina, Vol. XII, Winter 1965, p.45ff., "Calhoun County Plantations of St~ Matthew's Parish Near The Congaree.Santee River".

  • "The story of Orangeburg-Calhoun continued:". An account of Amelia Township during the American Revolution.

  • Archive "Alphabetical List Of Battles During The Revolutionary War" lists:
    Amelia Township (aka Dean's Swamp / John Town), South Carolina, 8 May 1782 [This is believed to be error for Amelia Township]

  • NBBAS:Four. p.73
    Amelia Township, South Carolina, 1 June 1782
    Revlist post

  • RevWar75  
  • listing. 5/24/1782 John Town (Dean's Swamp). American victory. [This believed to be error for Amelia Township]
  • listing. 6/1/1782 Amelia Township. British victory.

    Related sites: Dean Swamp [This believed to be error for Amelia Township],   Fort Motte,   Belleville,   Manigault's Ferry,   McCord's Ferry,  

    Submitted by: John Robertson

    Confidence level: See above.

    11-30-16