What: Skirmish, Lt. Thomas Farrow vs. Loyalists, 31 Mar 1782
34.61386, -81.85083, Farrow's Station
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Related sites: Musgroves Mill Bryant's Mill
- Terry Lipscomb, Names in South Carolina, Winter 1983 (Part 10).
- NBBAS:Vol. Two p.286-292.:
Farrow’s Station, South Carolina
31 March - 1 April 1782
Farrow’s Station was an outpost of the Spartan Regiment within site of
Musgrove’s Mill. It was located in between the Edisto and Tyger Rivers.
The station was the home of Landon Farrow, who was being held prisoner by
the British in Charlestown. Lieutenant Thomas Farrow was Landon’s
brother and was in command of the detachment at Farrow’s Station.
At sundown on April 1st a band of Loyalists surrounded the station and
posted sentinels to prevent any reinforcements from being summoned.
Lieutenant Farrow and his men barricaded the doors and began firing at
the Loyalists until midnight. One Loyalist was killed in this initial
exchange of gunfire.
During the siege the Loyalists attempted the burn down the fort, but were
unsuccessful. Seeing that the standoff would continue both sides held a
parley. The Loyalists stated that they would leave if Farrow would
supply them with arms and ammunition. Farrow was outnumbered and
surrounded and had no choice but to comply.
During the transfer of the weapons an argument began on whether the
pistols should be handed out butt first or barrel first. To stop any
further bloodshed Farrow’s sister in law carried the pistols out and gave
them to the Loyalists.
After they left Farrow gathered men from the Spartan Regiment and
pursued the Loyalists. They overtook the raiding party at Bryant’s Mills
and defeated them. Farrow was severely wounded and it took him three
months to recuperate from his wound.
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Mar 1782 listing. 3/31/1782 Farrow's Station. Shown as British victory.
Apr 1782 listing. 4/1/1782 Bryant's Mills. Shown as American victory.
Submitted by: Jack Parker
Confidence level: See above.