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On This Day 7/30/1780
8/1/2011 7:41:19 PM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]


Isaac Shelby takes Fort Thicketty, South Carolina


Colonel Isaac Shelby and six hundred American Patriots take Fort Anderson, also known as Fort Thicketty, located ten miles southeast of Cowpens, South Carolina, and held by a Loyalist Garrison, without firing a shot. Colonel Shelby's action followed the more famous Waxhaws massacre by two months and preceded the "Battle of King's Mountain" by just over two months, causing it to receive comparatively little historical attention.

Born in Maryland before moving further west, Colonel Shelby had his first experience fighting Native Americans as a teenager during "Pontiac's Rebellion" of 1763. Then just thirteen years old, Colonel Shelby scalped an Indian scout during the conflict. Twenty-six years old by the time the colonies declared independence, Colonel Shelby put his dubious skills to use against Indians and Redcoats at Fort Thicketty, as well as at Cedar Springs and Musgrove's Mill, South Carolina.

Colonel Shelby helped raise a militia to cunter British Major Patrick Ferguson's one thousand Loyalists, who were chaged by British General Charles Cornwallis to bring the "over mountain men" in the Carolina backcountry under British control. General Cornwallis, of course, failed in his aim, with Colonel Shelby playing a significant role in Major Ferguson's defeat at "King's Mountain" North Carolina. In response to Colonel Banastre Tarleton's brutal killing of Patriot prisoners following the engagement at Waxhaws, near the border of North and South Carolina.

Colonel Shelby's troops shot and hanged Loyalist prisoners in the aftermath of the Patriot success at "King's Mountain." Following the victory at "King's Mountain" in October 1780, Colonel Shelby moved to Kentucky, where he became the State's first Governor in 1792 and fought the British again in the "War of 1812."

Colonel Shelby died on July 18, 1826, as news of Thomas Jefferson's and John Adam's deaths two weeks before reached western settlements. All three men were treated as equals in Kentucky, with headlines reading:

"Adams and Jefferson and Shelby dead"



(K) (HST)


Isaac Shelby American Colonel
Patrick Ferguson British Major
Charles Cornwallis British General
Banastre Tarleton British Colonel
Thomas Jefferson President, USA
John Adams President, USA


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