Terry Lipscomb, Part 10, Names in South Carolina, Winter 1983, Vol.XXX, p. 12, 16.
One of the most notable skirmishes in the Edgefield vicinity has been
almost completely ignored in the published historical literature on the
In June of 1781, when Lord Rawdon's army was advancing to the
relief of Ninety six, Colonel Samuel Hammond detached a small party from
his regiment of state troops for the purpose of protecting the countryside.
This force of only twenty-four men attacked a party of over seventy Tories
at Rogers "s plantation, which is supposed to have been near the present town
The Patriots totally routed the Tories, killed several, and
took almost all their arms.
This enemy force seems to have been the Stevens
Creek Regiment of Tories, commanded by Colonel John Cotton.
succeeded in killing the Patriot company commander, Captain Thomas Harvey, who
"met his death in the arms of victory.11"
Robert Mills, Statistics of South Caralina, p. 533; Audited
Account of Nathaniel Goff (AA2922), South Carolina Archives; Pension
Accounts of Abram Richardson (W13852), Nathaniel Goff, and Richard Jones,
For identification of Colonel Cotton and his regiment,
see Clark, Loyalists, vol. 1, p. 237ff.
When Lord Rawdon was marching to the relief of Ninety Six
Major Samuel Hammond detached a force of twenty-four men under the
command of Captain Thomas Harvey to protect the countryside.
At Roger’s Plantation Harvey’s cavalry attacked over seventy men
of Colonel Cotton’s Regiment. The Loyalists were totally routed and
almost all of their arms were captured. The only Patriot casualty was
Captain Thomas Harvey who "met his death in the arms of victory."
[i] Also listed as Rogiard’s Plantation
Sherman, "Calendar...". p.375. Shown as in Edgefield Co. SC per Lipscomb’s Battles, Skirmishes, and
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RevWar75listing. 6/1781 Roger's Plantation (Rogiard's Plantation). American victory.
Submitted by: Patrick O'Kelley. Location by Jack Parker