What: February 1781, Skirmish, Capt. Philemon Waters vs. *Loyalists
Where: 33.92838 -81.27021, per Jack Parker
Maps: [map notes]
- NBBAS:Three, p.90-91
Muddy Spring, South Carolina [i]
February 1781 [ii]
In the 1820s Lexington resident Paul Quattlebaum was told of a battle at Muddy Spring, on the main road between the British post of Fort Granby and Augusta. In that account Captain Philemon Waters of Sumter’s Partisans had a running gun battle, in which the Patriots received the worst of it. Private James Calk was captured by the Loyalists, but afterwards made a daring escape.
[i] The site of the battle is located just north of Fort Jackson, on Spears Creek, near Pontiac. Quattlebaum wrote that "The spring took its name from the turbid appearance of the water as it exceeds from the foot of the hill, showing traces of iron rust, which the superstitious & ignorant of that day & time regarded as the effects of the blood spilled in the battle."
[ii] There is no date listed, but due to circumstances of what was happening in the Carolinas at that time I have placed it in February. This may have happened prior to Sumter’s raid on Fort Granby, since it is farther north, near Lexington.
JP: There is a new road crossing the creek from the spring. ... The Spring is about 1/3 of the way up toward Two Notch Road from my location. The spring looks clear where I saw it. There is a sandy ridge just on the south side of Two Notch Road that about 60' or so measured vertically above my location and it fits with the descriptions I have read. I think Lipscomb (or someone that I read) says the battle was on the ridge.
listing. 2/1781 Muddy Spring. Shown as insufficient info.
Confidence level: 3