Black Creek 1
Skirmish, *Capt. Baker of GA vs. unknown British (or allied) commandeer. Unknown date (last half 1781 or early 1782?).
34.256300 -79.700899 Black Creek 1 (JR)
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- Terry Lipscomb, "South Carolina Revolutionary Battles - Part Ten (MS H-2-2)", unpublished, p.29:
The troops serving under Benton fought at least three skirmishes on Black Creek at various times, although the sketchy traditions recorded by
Gregg barely suffice to distinguish one of these affairs from another. The Patriots seem to have been victorious in all three, and the battle descriptions appear to substantiate Judge James's reference to a war of extermination against the Tories. One skirmish occurred at the ferry over Black Creek on the Georgetown and Cheraw road, the later site of Pawley's Bridge; this was in present Florence County at the crossing on state secondary road 64 four miles northeast of Florence.
Captain Baker of Georgia commanded his own troops and those of Colonel Benton on this occasion, because the latter officer was indisposed with an illness.
JP Note: Highway 64 must have been renamed or is a typing mistake in the account above, as Highway 64 does not now cross Black Creek. The correct road is TV Road, Highway 26. TV Road was part of the Old Georgetown/Cheraw Road.
- Alexander Gregg, D.D., History of the Old Cheraws, Richardson And Company, 1867, pp.386 - 387,
The troops under Colonel Benton were engaged at different times in skirmishes with the Tories on Black Creek. On one occasion, a detachment of Benton's forces, and those of a Captain Baker, of Georgia, united against the foe. The former happening to be sick, requested Baker to take command. The Whigs were at breakfast when the enemy came upon them near the ferry on Black Creek, on the George-town and Cheraw Road. Thrown for a moment into confusion, they soon rallied, and forced the Tories to retreat, pursuing them some distance. Several of the latter were killed, and some wounded too severely to escape.
Among the killed, was a DuBose, the only one of a very large connexion who took sides against his country. A noted Tory, Hughes, was one of the wounded. When the Whigs returned from the pursuit, and were about to despatch him, he pleaded for mercy, and urged that he had often fed the Whigs. The commanding officer replied, that if he could prove this, he would be spared. Peter DuBose confirmed the statement, but added, that he had fed them with the provisions of the Whigs. The old offender was spared, his age probably touching the hearts of his captors. He had been shot on former occasions, and several times left for dead. He was once hung by a Whig, named Baxter, at Daniel DuBose's, to a gate-post. Thus left suspended, his wife came to the rescue, and finding him still alive, cut the rope and saved his life.
Black Creek Skirmishes 1 & 2 seem to have taken place in the last half 1781 or early 1782.
- Portion of Cheraw to Georgetown road from Mills 1825 SC map
- NBBAS:All vols. Nothing found in indexes for black creek.
- Sherman's Calendar.... Nothing relevant found. To avoid long downloads, use option to "Save and view this PDF in Reader".
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Black Creek 2, Black Creek 3, Hem Creek
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