Huck's Defeat

The Battle of Williamson's Plantation
(aka Huck's Defeat)

The following information is from The Bicentennial Guide To the American Revolution The War in the South, Volume 3, by Sol Stember:
...On Wednesday, July 11, 1780, Captain Christian Huck, a Loyalist officer who served with Tarleton, brought 500 Tories and British here, including some of Tarleton's legion from Rocky Mount to wipe out a band of rebels who were preparing to join Sumter. Sumter was marshalling his militia for his role in the Camden campaign. He found two Whigs melting lead into bullets, imprisoned them, threatened to hang them, and then located the house of Colonel William Bratton... ...The wife of one of the men threatened with hanging rode off to Sumter's bivouac with news of the raid. Col. Bratton and Captain Edward Lacey, Jr., with several other officers and about 500 men, left at once, but by the time they reached the vicinity of Huck's camp, their 500 had somehow melted away to 90. Captain Lacey, who lived nearby, had to have his own father, a Tory through and through, tied into his bed to prevent him from warning Huck. At dawn on the 12th, the Whigs attacked, catching the Tories where they were camped between plantation rail fences. Huck was killed, and so were thirty or forty of his men; only twelve of Tarleton's men escaped. The Whigs lost one man killed, and the two men awaiting Huck's justice were freed...


Visit Historic Brattonsville the site of Huck's Defeat

Battle of Williamson's Plantation history of Huck's Defeat

The Battle of Williamson's Plantation (Huck's Defeat)
July 12, 1780 at Brattonsville, South Carolina

The 1780 Presbyterian Rebellion and the Battle of Huck's Defeat

Huck's Defeat

Huck's Defeat and Unconventional Warfare


The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 12 page 125
William Adair was a patriot too old for active duty, but his sons James, William and John served as soldiers. The Tories were about to hang him, because his sons were with the army, but released him upon deciding that it was the mother who had urged them to their rebellious course.

From: DAR Lineage Books:
Private, Col. Edward Lacey Regiment, SC Troops died 1835 Chester Co, SC
William Adair was too old to serve, but his sons James, William and John served as soldiers, as did his foster son, Edward Lacey.

Edward Lacey was born in Pennsylvania in 1742, oldest son of Edward Lacey Sr. At the age of 13, during the French and Indian War, he ran away from home to join Braddock's Expedition against the French in Canada. Three years later joined the exodus of Pennsylvanians to Carolina. He was taken in by William Adair, father of a future governor of Kentucky, who gave him an excellent education. Edward Lacey's father and his family followed him to South Carolina, settling in Chester Co. Edward Lacey and his father, Edward Lacey Sr. soon found themselves on opposite sides, politically, when the Revolutionary War began.

Joseph Adair Jr. served under Col. Edward Lacey, foster son of William

Primary Sources

  • Bratton, John. William Bratton’s Account of Huck's defeat. n.d. (43/1018). South Carolina Historical Society, Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Bratton, William William Bratton Junior's Reminiscences of Huck's Defeat . Transcribed by Michael C. Scoggins. York County Historical Center, Rock Hill, South Carolina. July 2001.
  • Hill, William . Col. William Hill's Memoirs of the Revolution. ed. A.S. Salley. Columbia, S.C.: The State Co., 1921.  

     Secondary Sources
  • Thomas, Sam. The 1780 Presbyterian Rebellion. Courtesy of the York County Culture and Heritage Commission. Accessed 31 August 2004.



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