This site is located based upon Moses Cotter's sworn statement that he was "18 miles below Ninety Six". This would have placed him near what could well have been called the "Mine Creek Settlement". This is 2 or 3 miles above the source of Little Mine Creek, and further yet from the source of Mine Creek. Dr. Bobby Moss' reference (that said that the road was near Mine Creek but did not cross the creek) helps identify the road involved.
... on Tuesday morning last, at about 9 o'clock
he left the Congarees, with his waggon, containing the
ammunition that was delivered him in Charlestown,
by the honorable the council of safety, to carry to
Keowee under an escort of Col. Thomson's rangers...
...continued on their journey there, without the least
molestation or interruption, until about noon this day,
when the deponent perceiving some men on horseback,
ahead of the waggon, came towards him: a few
minutes after, two of Patrick Cunningham's men,
coming up to the deponent and asking him what he
had in his waggon, ...
...This unfortunate accident of
taking the ammunition, happened 18 miles below
Signed and sworn on 3 Nov 1775.
p.317-318. Richardson's Proclamation. Note Richardson used the date that Cotter signed his statement, not the day Cotter said it occurred.
Reaching Ninety-Six a few days later, Col. Richardson
issued the following proclamation:
"Whereas, on the third day of November
last .past, Patrick Cunningham, Henry O'Neal, Hugh
Biown, David Russe, Nathaniel Howard, Henry Green,
and sundry other persons, did, in Ninety-six District,
raise a dangerous insurrection and commotion, and
did, near Mine Creek, in said District, felloniously
take and carry away a quantity of ammunition, the.
property of the public, and in contempt of public authority,
and did also, with further aid, and by force of arms..."
Dr. Bobby Moss has a reference which says that the incident occurred on the road near the source of Mine Creek, but the road did not cross Mine Creek.
From Mills' Edgefield District map, surveyed 1817
Terry Lipscomb, Battles, Skrimishes and Actions of the American Revolution in South Carolina, 1991, SC Dept. of Archives and History.
No listing for October 1775
3 July 1781, Eggleston's Capture, Lexington Co., Ref: Names in SC, XXV, p.30.
Terry Lipscomb, Names in South Carolina, XX, p.20, "South Carolina Revolutionary Battles: Part I"
During the remainder of the year, the scene of
action was the up country. In the final days of October,
the Council of Safety had dispatched a wagon load of
ammunition as a present for the
Cherokees. Patrick Cunningham's band of Tories had
intercepted the shipment at Mine Creek, in present
Saluda County, and had taken possession of it.10 If the
Patriots were apprehensive that the. Indians might side
with the King's men in this struggle, the Loyal,ists
were equally suspicious of the Patriots' motives in
sending them ammunition. Before long, both factions
were again massing troops.
10 William Moultrie, Memoirs of the American Revolution, Vol.
1, pp. 97-100; R. W. Gibbes, Documentary History of the American
Revolution, Vol. 1, pp. 209-210, 224-225; Drayton, Vol. 2, p. 64.