Sandy Run Creek, South Carolina [i]
July 1781 [ii]
Thomas Young wrote that after the siege of Ninety Six he returned to his "old neighborhood, and was engaged in various scouting expeditions". On a scouting mission to Mudlick with Colonel Brandon he spotted two spies and pursued them.
Colonel Brandon sent Major Jolly to seize a ford on their flank, so that any Loyalists would not flank them. Young saw his Loyalist cousin William Young on the other side of the river. William "hailed us and inquired who commanded. A good deal was said to keep us engaged. Young waved his sword to me several times and holloed to me to go away; a moment after we were fired upon by a party who crept up the creek through the bushes. A shot went under Jolly’s horse’s belly, and another shaved my horse’s forelegs. We returned the fire, but did no damage, save a putting a ball through Young’s horse’s nose. We then retreated, under the hope that they would pursue us, but they did not."
On a different scouting mission Thomas Young was riding with Colonels Brandon, Casey, Hughes, and Major Jolly. They had learned of a band of Loyalists who were hiding in a dense thicket on "Sandy River" and the Loyalists were supposed to have a "great deal of plunder." The Patriots rode to Sandy Run Creek early in the morning and attacked the Loyalist hideout.
Young wrote "In the fight I took a little fellow, by the name of Tom Moore, prisoner. I ran him for some distance, shot at him, and broke his arm. – when I took him back Tom Salter wanted to kill him, because Moore had once had him prisoner, and would in all probability have killed him, if he had not escaped. I cocked my gun and told them no! He was my man, and I would shoot the first one who harmed him. During this skirmish I witnessed rather an amusing scene between Col. Hughes and a tory. Hughes had dismounted to get a chance to shoot at some fellow through the bushes, when a tory sprang upon his horse and dashed away – Hughes discovered it in time, fired, and put a ball through the hind tree of the saddle and the fellow’s thigh. The tory fell and Hughes got his horse. In this excursion we got a great deal of plunder, which had been concealed by the tories."
[i] Sandy River was near Mud Lick
[ii] There is no date for this event, but it happened sometime after the siege of Ninety Six, possibly around July