December 4, This day during the American Revolution

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December 4, 1780 – at Clermont, Kershaw County, South Carolina – On December 4, Col. William Washington and his dragoon force went to investigate a report that said Col. Henry Rugeley and a force of Tories was located at Rugeley’s Mills. Rugeley’s Mills was located at Cleremont. When Washington arrived at Cleremont, he discovered the Tory force was inside of a fortified barn that was surrounded by a ditch and abatis. Washington did not have any artillery so he ordered his men to open fire on the barn with their muskets. This did not do much damage. Washington then decided to try the Quaker gun trick. He had his men make a fake cannon out of a pine log and move it into view of the Tories. With this completed, he sent a request for the Tories to surrender or be blown up with the “gun”. Rugeley came…

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